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Today, ignoring the veiled accusations of anti-Semitism, focus is upon the labels and names given the actors and characters within the holy writings of Hebrew, Islamic and Christian believers.  The many figures and roles employed by divinity include men and women as anointed one, apostate, beloved, betrayer, blasphemer, brother, child, covenant partner, counselor, debtor, disciple, donor, elder, eunuch, follower, friend, handmaiden, heir, herald, heretic, hermit, high priest, hypocrite, judge, king, lawyer, minister, musician, neighbor, orphan, pastor (we say, shepherd), pauper, poet, Pharisee, psalmist, prophetess, publican, queen, rabbi, Sadducee, saint, scribe, servant, singer, sinner, spy, vessel, victim, warrior, widow, and wise man. The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sam” (Level 3 with 1,017 points, a member since June 27, 2015) posted the following:

In islam they call people like adam , eve and cain , prophets (of judaism)?

what are they called in chrisitian churches? i personally believe they were anti-semites of their own time , except cain and eve of course , lol

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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:  13-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015); Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); Discernment (06/18/2014); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

“Sam”, among Christian believers who correctly value the sacred knowledge shared through the holy writings, the Scriptures are the primary source for the many labels and words used to identify those who serve as divine instruments to accomplish eternal purpose, carry out and perform things prophesied, fulfill divine promises, publish sacred proclamations, pronounce godly judgment as well as introduce, continue, restore or revive sanctifying practices and truth that may have become hidden or obscured.  Names for these agents of GOD vary during different periods in accordance with distinct purposes and works of GOD, and consistent with the aspects of full revelation already received by mankind.  Today, those who have believed and served are known as angels, apostles, fathers, harvesters, holy men, laborers, messengers, one sent, priests, and spokespersons (we say, prophets).  Consider again the word:

(1.)  Patriarchs.  Hebrews 7:  1-6, King James Version (KJV):  1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;  2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;  3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.  4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.  5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:  6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

(2.)  Seers.  1st Samuel 9: 9, KJV:   9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer:  for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

(3.)  Witnesses.  Isaiah 43:  11-13, KJV:  11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.  12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you:  therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.  13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand:  I will work, and who shall let it?

(4.)  The household of faith.  Galatians 6:  8-10, KJV:  8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  9 And let us not be weary in well doing:  for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

(5.)  Children of God.  Galatians 3:  26-29, KJV:  26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:  for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

(6.)  Sons of God.  1st John 3:  1-3, KJV:  3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:  but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  The house of God.  1st Peter 4:  14-19, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, on judgment, mercy, and Christian believers as a new creation.  Wrath against sin is an ongoing and permanent aspect of the divine makeup that is held in restraint, so to speak, through such further aspects of the eternal nature as compassion, empathy, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, and divine love.  The harsh aspects of divine judgment (i.e., punishment, death, separation from GOD, the second death) become conditional and optional, rather than inescapable, inevitable, and unavoidable.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “lio” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since June 07, 2015) posted the following:

 

My Muslim friend from Somalia is devastated she can’t stone gay people in USA?

I’m a progressive liberal and i feel bad for her
why do we deprive her of practicing her culture

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Come, and let us return unto the LORD:  for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  After two days will he revive us:  in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.  Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:  his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.  O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.  Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth:  and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth.  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  But they like men have transgressed the covenant:  there have they dealt treacherously against me.  (Hosea 6:  1-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014)

 

“lio”, here are a number of points shared among Christian believers that may help you avoid error and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  American culture and law have responded to many of the most important disciplines, guidelines and principles that are aspects of Christian belief.  In particular, there is an emphasis upon mercy as an artifact of Judgment (i.e., to obtain divine mercy, there must be divine judgment), rather than Sacrifice to expiate and “pay for the removal” of sins from ones record from the Book of Life that is used in judgment.

(2.)  Christian belief acknowledges that, due to  the operations of sin (i.e., the transgression of divine law), all created beings and living creatures are equally in need of permanent changes, and transformation of their inner makeup (we say, life essence, spirit).  The Creator must provide aspects of divine content that allow believers to endure upon the earth as a new creation, because they are “born again” having divine substance.  Even so, such persons also must mature (we say, become ripe for harvest, become perfected) by meeting the same “growing pains” and life challenges that face all mankind.

(3.)  Important and inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD that all Christian believers receive include faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, humility, longsuffering, love, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Born again believers must “grow up” again, acquiring sacred knowledge and continuing practices that set them apart for divine service (e.g., baptism, confession, giving, marriage, prayer).  The believer increasingly becomes complete, consistent, and stable to demonstrate all their anointing and gifts in proper exchange, harmony, interaction, and mutual support.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  Believers are to direct their focus to such themes as eternal life; the proclamations, promises and prophecies from GOD; and preparing to receive the Savior at his coming to harvest all believers from the earth.  The damage and power from human errors, infirmities, and weaknesses do not magically disappear; yet, they must pale and shrink in the light that beams to us as the goodness, grace, and majesty of our Maker.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a PDF document (3 p.) is described discussing Federal legislation that provides necessary legal protections for people of faith who seek to live out their spiritual commitments in daily life.  Nearly unanimous bipartisan support was garnered within both houses of Congress for this law addressing restoration of religious liberty.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (called Employment Division v. Smith) made it more difficult for religious believers to challenge laws that constrained their ability to live out their faith.  In that case, Native Americans were fired from their jobs because they used peyote as part of their religion.  The RFRA was intended to affirm and buttress the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees the free exercise of religion.  Twenty states are reported as having adopted their own versions of RFRA, and another eleven states have similar provisions in place provided by state court decisions.  RFRA is reported as supplying a balancing test when the government attempts to restrict the free exercise of religion.  In general, RFRAs help people of minority faiths who cannot secure legislative exemptions for specific practices maintained among themselves.

 

THE KINGS SPEAR:  I am continuing to review documents posted in the “Bishop’s Advocacy Activity on Religious Liberty” page at the Internet site of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).  The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has published a “must read” PDF document on the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Why-the-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act-Works.pdf].

The Federal law enacted in 1993 under Bill Clinton is described using a Q&A format that presents the following six questions:

1. Does RFRA provide a “license to discriminate” against gay people?

2. What are the safeguards built into RFRA?

3. Why is any RFRA necessary at all?

4. Since there is already a federal RFRA, why do states need their own?

5. Who really benefits from RFRAs?

6. What is the impact of RFRA on current debates over “same-sex marriage” and laws prohibiting “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
discrimination?

See Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works/The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 07, 2015.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together:  and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.  But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.  For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you:  because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.  And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:  for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  (Acts 28:  17-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace (07/17/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Crux of the Matter (10/26/2012); Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, members of minority faiths in the U. S. (e.g., Baha’i, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs) and those operating family-owned businesses must have further protection through the law when their beliefs continue and promote practices in opposition to state or local antidiscrimination laws.  Their legitimate conscientious objections may appear as expressions of “unjust discrimination,” yet, are exactly what is intend when America speaks of religious freedom protected by strong law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on the Kingdom of GOD, and America and Israel as modern states.  The Israel created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1947 is not the same as the Israel created by Jehovah at Mount Sinai. Many are confused that the influence and place of Israel as an instrument in divine judgment does not appear to be the same as in ancient times.  Yet, at some stage as they develop or follow paths that were not available in their beginning, all nations appear to betray their founding fathers and pioneers.  Maniacal dissatisfaction and frustration with world leaders should be expected to increase where they are promoted as celebrities, demigods, and idols.  Exaggerated expectations appear when hero-worship and idolatry are practiced.  Foolish critics attack the President and Prime Minister of America and Israel as though a single person is permitted to make every decision for their State without input from experienced professionals, military, scholars and other experts, and as if they are not restricted from unilateral action by existing procedures and protocols that are rigorous and demanding.  Correctly understood, it is absurd to blame one man for the challenge that comes by shared goals and motives pursued among millions of men.  Fault-finding, placing blame and political invective are primarily fueled by anger, bitterness, ignorance, and immaturity.  Accusations against the United States and its leadership have long included the insinuation that greed, imperialism, pride, self-promotion, and vainglory are the only national agenda for those who serve through the American Presidency.  However, popular and world culture often seek to promote peculiar ideas of anonymity, defiance, freedom, and lawlessness without also pursuing disciplined logic, critical thinking, and the careful scrutiny required for developing and implementing accountability, consensus, sound policy, and stable government.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Harold” (Level 3 with 2,300 points, a member since June 24, 2009) posted the following low blow:

 

Is Obama going against God by opposing Israel?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.  And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.  And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there:  go not after them, nor follow them.  For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.  But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.  (Luke 17:  20-30, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); Why Prophets Were Sent to Israel (11/23/2014); The Need for Prophecy Then and Now (11/24/2014); The Bible is All About GOD? (07/27/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Holy Ground (03/30/2014); The Temple Mount (03/31/2014)

 

“Harold”, in these times, Christian believers are careful to focus upon prophecy, Scripture, and spiritual truth, rather than temporal events.  Consider the following:

(1.)  Israel and America are not the Kingdom of GOD.  While ancient Israel may have functioned as a monarchy with kings and prophets having authority as visible agents for divinity, America and modern-day Israel are operating as independent secular states within a global economy.  Those who belong to the kingdom are citizens through their spirit content, and are not in a mere cultural or political relationship.

(2.)  The sovereign authority and power of Deity is not appearing as inarguably active and present through the lifestyles, policies, and public presentations from existing states.  National goals do not include maintaining, expanding, or ratifying any covenant with divinity.

(3.)  Israel has compromised the historical, traditional and spiritual commands to destroy the worship places of those in the territory they would be given as their Promised Land.  After victory during the 1967 Six-Day War, instead of destroying the al-Aqsa Mosque, Israel transferred its control to an Islamic trust that is independent of the Israeli government.  Despite Israeli desire to exist as a state having the boundaries described within the Scriptures (see the Fourth Book of Moses, called Numbers, chapter 34), multiple peace accords and agreements have now seen concession of land to demonstrate their commitment to participate within a community of nations on the basis of international law.

(4.)  Many around the world now attack President Obama as our head of State, and as a representation of the American people.  Their displays of hatred, venom, and violence are as much the product of sin and their true spiritual content as of deception, lies, propaganda and slander.  Those who misread Scripture even apply the following to accuse Obama of being the Antichrist:  2nd Thessalonians 2:  3-4, KJV:  3 Let no man deceive you by any means:  for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;  4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

The holy writings provide far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  Ezekiel 14:  13-14, KJV:  13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:  14 Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  May your prayers ever be answered according to correct sacred knowledge and your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on church attendance as a benefit and duty for developing Christian believers, and conversion to Islam to avoid “god”.  Those having nothing to offer, and who do not participate in order to add value are useless, and their absence will be ignored.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using an ID “Luca” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since February 27, 2014) attacked with the following:

 

Why do I have to go to church?

I lost my faith in this thing people call a god and I want to convert to Islam but my parents won’t let me I want to follow a religion of peace

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:  I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  (Revelation 3:  14-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Quality Time Together? (09/12/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Church is Good? (06/15/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013)

 

“Luca”, here are some points to consider on young people attending church, a place to gain sacred knowledge:

(1.)  Going to church without faith is like going to a movie without eyes to see.  You must depend upon what you hear to grant you “inner sight;” and you go to get what you lack and are missing—even the miracle of baptism whereby your inborn spirit that is dead to GOD finally will be buried, and you can be granted new life (we say, rebirth) from divine DNA, so to speak.

(2.)  Going to church is not simply about you as an individual, it is also about you as a family member displaying love; having respect to friends, neighbors and parents; and sharing what you receive that has spiritual value to others.

(3.)  Spirit content in life events can only be recognized, received, applied, responded to, and properly understood (we say, discerned) through association with those having greater levels of spiritual awareness than your own, and through careful practice that extends over time.  Spiritual maturity does not occur by abracadabra or presto change-o.

(4.)  Your idea that Islam does not acknowledge any god is very dangerous as well as insulting to those who worship Allah.  If one of your friends said to you, “Give me your word, and promise me something.”  Wouldn’t you ask, “What,” before making a commitment that might mean life and death?  Make sure you know the meaning of peace (among men?  with divinity?  through divine judgment or human wars?); and accept you will be required to change so that you continually demonstrate discipline, right knowledge, and unselfish service (as all Christians must do).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Lasting relationships within families are only on the basis of accountability, shared experience, a one-of-a-kind common heritage (we also say, inheritance), obedience, respect, trust, and truth.  More benefits are involved than a defiant or rebellious child can possibly grasp through a verbal explanation.  For those who are still developing, being required to attend church is no more brain-washing or bullying than being required to be in bed by a certain hour.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, some points are shared on divine judgment, recent atrocities committed by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), and the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Condemnation, outrage and punishment are uppermost on the minds of many.  However, the acts as well as the sins of those operating as terrorists are little different from those operating as soldiers.  The differences pertain to the acknowledgment of universal law.  Those in the armed forces must maintain a peculiar understanding of their own role, their own accountability as well as that for their military units and the nations they defend.  As was seen with drug cartels in Mexico that threatened to end lawful government to continue carrying out trafficking, ISIS threatens to destroy existing lawful governments not simply the police, the army, and law enforcement.  While their executioners hide beneath a mask, their faces are clearly seen before GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Man In Search Of An” (Level 6 with 15,968 points, a member since July 07, 2013) posted the following:

 

So they burned alive a Jordanian pilot in a cage …..Are you enraged and want blood because you are Muslim or christian or human being ?

Update : Reporting an MISOA question doe snot help…cheers!!!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none:  cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:  And if it bear fruit, well:  and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.  (Luke 13:  1-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013)

 

“Man In Search of An”, here are a few points that permit mature Christian believers to maintain their inner peace in the face of such atrocities:

(1.)  Many thought leaders and men of faith around the world feel that the very deed of burning a man alive in a cage cries out for final judgment and absolute destruction of those who have carried it out.  Yet, the high crime against all living that, in fact, must come into view is presumption by a group of men who have exalted themselves as agents of GOD having authority to execute the wrath of divinity against sin.  Thereby, the Deity has been accused, blasphemed (i.e., his word rejected as false and unrighteous), denied, and misrepresented.

(2.)  Christians are instructed through the holy writings to understand that the course of human affairs will increasingly be shrouded in darkness resulting from operations of sin.  Sin has not been created by GOD, has no spirit content from the makeup of divinity, yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order maintained by sacred law.  Sin may dominate human awareness and self-will to the point that sin appears a natural, normal aspect of oneself.  Sin can not be eliminated or removed using such finite tools as complaining, emotion, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, and science.

(3.)  The prayer to GOD for intercession and justice is always a cry for judgment, for the Deity who revealed himself to Moses, and has appeared upon the earth incarnate as Jesus Christ, assigns meaning, purpose, and value (we say, is a god of Judgment).  Judgment is an immutable, permanent and unchanging aspect of divinity as are such sacred content as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, jealousy, longsuffering, love, mercy, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  When Jesus was asked about two shocking tragedies that had recently occurred (the death of 18 persons from a tower falling in Siloam; and a slaughter by the Romans of Galileans as they were offering sacrifice and worshiping) the Savior did not condemn anyone.  He pointed out that those who die encountering human circumstances of injustice, misfortune, oppression, persecution and death are not automatically to be seen as greater sinners than others who escaped or got away.  Instead, the Lord cautioned them (as well as us today) that, through the operations of GOD to restore the balance destroyed by sin, there is a continuous and ongoing process of divine judgment; and:  Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, faith, jihad, judgment, and performing the duties of sacred law are topics.  Every legitimate public executioner is held accountable by principles expressed as law, and recognized by every sovereign nation.  More than this, no demand for monies are made that give off the stench of crime and extortion.  All believers must carefully examine those claiming to be “sent” who promote themselves as agents and representatives carrying out the will of Almighty GOD.  In divine judgment, it is the righteousness of GOD—not of mankind—that must appear.  The sacred process of judgment is demonstrated against chosen ones who are in service to GOD, rather than those being exalted by others like themselves.  Where what is shown the world is only condemnation, death, destruction, and self-righteousness, the supposed servants of GOD can be seen as merely presumptuous heathen, and rightly regarded as having no part with He who rules heaven, who provides eternal life.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Michael Vick’s” (Level 2 with 394 points, a member since August 16, 2013) posted the following:

 

When a muslim chops off your head in the name of islam, is he just misguided and not representative of the religion?

Should we not refer to him as muslim? What do we call all these muslims chopping everyone’s head off?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also:  for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (Romans 13:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Holy Wars? (11/06/2014); Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“Michael Vick’s”, here are a few points now increasingly shared among Christian believers to counteract the terrible spread of ignorance about the true meanings of “duty” and “faith”:

(1.)  The term musleem (akin to “muslim” yet not the same) is understood as “being in total submission to GOD.”  The patriarch Abraham, acknowledged in the holy writings as “the Friend of GOD” also is revered as having been musleem.  Abraham established a spiritual inheritance for mankind as a covenant partner in relationship to the Creator.

(2.)  The holy writings teach that GOD used Israel as a tool in revelation to demonstrate divine authority, grace, and wrath against sin.  As surely as GOD created the armies of Israel using herders and keepers of livestock, because they lacked faith, he also denied them the place as those who would serve by populating the Promised Land.  Similarly, when King David wanted to build a Temple that would be the House of GOD, his status as a bloody warrior-king disqualified him.

(3.)  Where “faith” is understood as spirit matter that must be deposited within mankind from divinity, selected men may become recognized as those in covenant with GOD who serve as agents, apostles, imams, judges, prophets, representatives, rulers, and spokespersons provided by Deity. 

(4.)  In the same way, law enforcement officers are not judges and jurists, those claiming status as soldiers and warriors are not legitimate as executioners who are lawfully appointed officers of the court (often mistakenly seen as corrections officers, that is, prison guards).  Similarly, soldiers are not used as clerics or workers of miracles (we say, sacred events), given the great danger of increasing spiritual confusion.

(5.)  Lawful agents of a community in covenant are authorized to apply sanctions against other members within the community, however, not to those who  are “outsiders”.  Such servants must make themselves openly known, yet, can appear “wearing the mask” to maintain their integrity as agents of the law who would come under attacks from those punished through the law.  The lack of regard for law and order on a broader scale that also acknowledges operations of GOD within other communities does not continue to manifest the higher purposes of GOD proclaimed by unity.

(6.)  Sin may not be eliminated or removed by finite human tools such as emotions, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, pride, and science.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the universe that requires divine order grounded in law.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  Service in combat and open warfare are declared to be “the lesser jihad.”  The “greater jihad” is the pursuit of life and peace by service to establish and maintain community.  Thus, family life, marriage, and parenting are to be ranked as blessing, more godly, and having higher sacred value.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, I share more points regarding spiritual benefit and power through the Rosary devotions and other prayers.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Power in Prayer? (08/22/2014)—(5.)  The most common and recurring problems for our prayer life are exposed by the discipline of praying the Rosary.  For, too often, believers pray to get from GOD, and not to unselfishly acknowledge and give to GOD.  Believers are thinking of their own desires and needs, or those of our loved ones whom we regard as possessions and parts of ourselves; and we are not thinking of completing or finishing things begun by the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit.  Their true spirit is exposed for those who err by approaching prayer as a function of doctrine and intellect, rather than of faith and Spirit.  Such are repeatedly cast down and overthrown by simple observances such as the Jesus Prayer, the Prayer of Jabez, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Rosary prayers manifesting undeniable spirit power in the lives of those in humility to Christ.  Nonbelievers frequently confuse displaying and practicing faith imparted from GOD with holding to an idea out of fear, ignorance, or stubbornness.  Rightly understood, prayer is also a form of ministry wherein believers serve with Christ as advocates, mediators, and supporters in judgment before GOD.  More than simply that prayer is to further develop patience in believers by having them tarry and wait for answers from GOD, the process of prayer is intended to further develop patience and ability to wait in expectation of fulfillment for divine proclamations, promises, and prophecies.  See Psalms 34:  1-8, Proverbs 28:  9 and Luke 1:  45-47, KJV.

(6.)  Given that all our actions, praises, and prayers offered to divinity are expressions within a personal and private relationship, the privilege of judging their beauty, completeness, depth, sincerity, and whether they are acceptable or not belongs only to those to whom they have been sent forth.  Mary is alive and in heaven through the same resurrection power that lifted Jesus, her son.  She is therefore sanctified and consecrated.  Those who acknowledge that the mother of Jesus is now exalted through the combined love of the Father and the Son, also understand that her role petitioning on behalf of believers does not replace Jesus as the one and only savior given to mankind.  Rather than answer counsel from academic theology, believers use common sense reasoning to endorse their practice of the Rosary, and every other form of group and private prayer.  Included are family prayer, prayer circles, praying in tongues, and silent or unspoken prayer.  Through the Rosary and other prayers, believers may achieve new discipline, express their love, show respect, themselves make intercession, and request and receive comfort, intercession and support both from Mary and from her blessed son.  GOD has not granted authority to anyone in heaven or upon the earth to disapprove and mock a believers heartfelt expressions of devotion and love.

(7.)  As seen among Islamic believers, agreement to honor and worship one God, the same God, is not the same as agreement to worship one way, the same way.  In other words:  there is only one God Almighty, yet, there are many acceptable ways to praise, honor and reverence the one God.  Because belief is also a matter of individual conscience, maturity, and what one may grasp as the completeness and integrity of their own being and personness, diversity will always appear within the assemblies, congregations, and households of faith.  Public worship generates the shared vocabulary of experience needed for acknowledgment of commonly held emotions and otherwise hidden feelings, clear communication, the building of trust as well as genuine fellowship among believers.  Often, symbolic ceremonies, customs, rites, and rituals are used, traditions that have been conserved, repeated, and continued without changes.  By contrast, private devotions, such as the Rosary, call ones spirit content into greater creativity, and more open individual exploration and self-expression.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge:  but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD:  but the prayer of the upright is his delight.  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD:  but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.  (Proverbs 15:  7-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mary (06/13/2014); The Estate of His Handmaiden (06/14/2014); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (8.)  In addition to confessing love, interceding for others, and petitioning to meet ones material needs, prayer is also that aspect of divine judgment wherein those accused of wrongdoing are granted opportunity to speak on their own behalf (we say, plead), and call into divine review peculiar points of consideration and understanding that have power and presence within the awareness of one who is finite.  In appearing before the Father, believers will not be covered with the blood of Jesus; rather, they will be covered in clean, white linen—the prayers of the saints.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

A brief Scripture study is shared, today, focused upon points of consideration for the building of a third Temple at Jerusalem.  While I found several verses that spoke of the temple in the last days as well as the temple in heaven, I found no results when I searched for “third temple,” “another temple,” and “next temple” per se.  I am convinced that the platforms of ethnic pride, inheritance, and national pride, can not replace those of humility, repentance, reverence, and Bible truth.  In my experience, the holy writings have shown that the conditions for the founding of any new temple must be a new covenant, new proclamation of divine law, new fulfillment of prophecies, and continuing operations by the Holy Spirit.  Thus, we see Cyrus, a Gentile, stirred by the Spirit to rebuild the Temple (in effect ending the Exile) in accordance with things proclaimed to Jeremiah.  Erecting a modern day house dedicated to GOD will also require response to prophesies that seem not to be available among Jews and Islamic believers, yet, have been proclaimed for a millennium throughout the earth by followers of Jesus Christ.

 

SOME THOUGHTS ON

 

Matthew 21:  12-14 (KJV)  12 And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves,

13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.

14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.

 

Ezekiel 28:  25-26 (KJV)  25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.  26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.

1st Chronicles 22:  18-19 (KJV)  18 Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before his people.  19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

2nd Chronicles 36:  22-23 (KJV)  22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,  23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all his people? The LORD his God be with him, and let him go up.

Isaiah 56:  4-7 (KJV)  4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters:  I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.  6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant;  7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Ezra 6:  14-19 (KJV)  14 And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.  15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.  16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy.  17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.  18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.  19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month.

Isaiah 2:  1-3 (KJV)  1 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.  2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths:  for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Isaiah 2:  11 (KJV)  11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Micah 4:  1-3 (KJV)  1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.  2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks:  nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

John 2:  13-22 (KJV)  13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:  15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;  16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.  17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.  18 Then answered the Jews and said unto him, What sign shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things?  19 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  21 But he spake of the temple of his body.  22 When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

1st Corinthians 6:  15-20 (KJV)  15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.  16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.  17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.  18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  20 For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

Acts 17:  22-33 (KJV)  22 Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.  23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, To The Unknown God. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked:  and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.  33 So Paul departed from among them.

John 17:  17 (KJV)  17 Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.

1st Timothy 4:  1-5 (KJV)  1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;  2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;  3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.  4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:  5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

Ephesians 5:  25-32 (KJV)  25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;  26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,  27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.  28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.  29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:  30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.  31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.  32 This is a great mystery:  but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

1st Corinthians 14:  29-33 (KJV)  29 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  30 If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  31 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  32 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Romans 16:  25-27 (KJV)  25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  The third temple does not have to miraculously appear to be a benefit for all mankind—not just Israelis, Jews, or those of the Middle East—however, the third temple would have to be cleansed, sanctified, and set apart as a holy dwelling by GOD.  The same mechanisms and tools given that we might avoid idolatry, materialism, superstition and worldliness must now be used to authenticate and endorse prophecy.  Prophets among us, today, also must be in obedience to earlier prophets and prophesies; and all things are to be done decently, and in order.  Once more, readers are asked to add those verses or passages from Scripture that they would like to share in the comments area (below).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The existence of multiple versions of the Bible are topic, today, along with more on GOD speaking through music and song.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “orchidmg” (Level 7 with 92,112 points, a member since January 19, 2006) posted the following:

Why don’t all Christians use the same Bible as Muslims use the same Koran over all these years?

I’m Catholic and have a Douey Rheims, that uses ‘thy’, ‘thou’ and the NAB (New American Bible). But Protestants and Lutherans and others use the KJV and NIV that had 6 books removed. Shouldn’t all Christians be reading from the same Bible, the original English text from over 1000 yrs ago? Muslims don’t have a dozen different versions of the Koran. Same with the Jews, they have one Torah.

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Speaking Through Song? (11/01/2013)—  (5.) In addition to meetings that are devoted entirely to prayer, or study of the Bible, many congregations hold “song service” meetings where church members all join in singing selected hymns. Full participation in singing is required during group worship, for it represents humility, offering, sacrifice, sanctification (i.e., cleansing, being set apart for service to GOD) as well as rejoicing and thanksgiving. While dance and movement pertain to prophetic demonstrations, songs allow use of devices such as lyrics and rhymes that are easily committed to memory, repetition, rhythm, simple melodies, and story-telling. Thereby, songs become major tools for teaching even difficult theological principles and doctrine, establishing a shared vocabulary of experience, and promoting genuine unity within the community of believers.  (6.)  All music does not embody or convey the Holy Spirit.  Where GOD speaks using human agents, sacred song, and anointed music it is called “prophecy,” and the changes that appear among those who are listeners are not simply the result of sensations such as hearing, seeing and touching.  The changes that occur appear through operations of the living divine spirit.  In addition to celebration and up tempo music that dispels depression, fear and sorrow, the music ministry from GOD gives expression to a broad range of celestial purposes, and sacred utterance.  Included are prophesies that serve as admonitions and warnings, adoration, calling the Holy Spirit into presence, comfort, commandments and divine law, confession, endorsement of sacred hopes, giving thanks, igniting zeal, intercession, lamentations and bereavement, meditations, memorial, petitions, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, repentance, submission, and urging immediate action (exhortation).  (See 1st Corinthians 14:  3, Ephesians 5:  17-21 and Colossians 3:  16-17, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.  (Ephesians 4:  4-7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Bother to Read? (10/31/2013); GOD Speaks Through Songs? (11/01/2013); By Inspiration of GOD (10/27/2013); Never Taught It? (10/13/2013); Without Pointing A Finger? (10/14/2013)

“orchidmg”, to the praise of GOD and Christ, here are a few points many Christian believers have been encouraged by:

(1.)  The holy writings are not the “font of all knowledge” for the believer.  While the Scriptures provide many necessary assurances, examples and explanations important for spiritual growth, the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) must have place within the person of each believer.  Through the Holy Spirit, all who seek GOD have experience of divinity revealed within, to, and through their own inner person.

(2.)   In the same way the diversity of the rose, the many trees, the numberless ripples of water, or the many stars and cloud formations are pleasing to the Almighty, the body of believers continues to display multiple levels of knowledge, maturity, strength, and zeal.  Diversity, distinct being, and imbalance generate spiritual exchange, growth, and movement that otherwise would not occur.

(3.)  The importance and value of the holy writings are not by a strict sameness of their letter (we say, precise statement, literal wording) so much as by a sameness of intent, purpose, and spirit.  Thus, where the 14 apocryphal books written after the Book of Malachi are missing from a peculiar collection, it should be understood there is a change in ministry and priesthood to mankind.  John the Baptist is the next prophet to appear after the earlier tradition; and the ministry of Jesus is more clearly understood as establishing a covenant of divine indwelling through intimate interaction with the divine person.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  While various communities of believers (we say, denominations) may endorse a peculiar presentation of the Scriptures, there is only one salvation from GOD through Jesus Christ.  Men are to acknowledge, cooperate with, and yield to operations of GOD on behalf of created beings and living creatures.  For, in the same way, they had no say in Creation, and may not boast and brag concerning the establishment of their own existence, they have no say in the necessary atonement and salvation that comes forth as the grace of GOD.)  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Even so, be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.  Grow in grace.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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