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Ends of the Earth

 

Today, reply is on the character and nature of the power sinners receive through rebirth as followers of Jesus Christ. While mankind as a carnal and mortal being is fearfully and wonderfully made, only the Creator is immortal. As a result from the operations of sin, mankind, the angels, and other created beings and living creatures relating to one another through natural laws and mechanical process now must be joined to divinity through inseparable aspects of the divine fullness. The benefits, gifts and tools provided by GOD through the Holy Spirit are themselves spirit in makeup and substance, therefore, sinners must endure continuous change and growth to achieve full conformity to the endowment from GOD that is to serve as their own spirit. Believers must regularly think and speak of power in a manner that acknowledges the Holy Spirit. Rather than focus on worldly career achievements, competition, and self-promotion, focus is to be on unseen, yet, active elements for discovery, growth, sacred knowledge, and unselfish service. Included are balance, completeness, consistency, maturity, and stability. The writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Racket” (Level 7 with 25,594 points, a member since November 14, 2015) posted the following:

 

How can one receive power from God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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. 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. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1st John 3: 1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); Discovering The Holy Spirit (12/23/2018); Anything We Ask For? (09/12/2018); Hope That Is True (02/20/2017); Awe? (08/09/2015); Power Against Sin? (04/12/2015); Ruling With Christ? (02/12/2015)

 

Racket”, among Christians, the promises of GOD to sinners who seek new life through Jesus Christ include the declaration that believers will receive power. Many mistakenly expect greater intellectual and physical strength, political and social influence, or occult and supernatural abilities (e.g., magic, mind-reading, shape-shifting, sorcery). Such persons are seeking power to continue and endure within the world, the man-made system for exchange, interaction and survival on the earth. However, the power bestowed by GOD is for the transformation of finite consciousness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures so they are enabled to exist as living companions to GOD who is immortal and incorruptible. While performing sacred events (we say, miracles), signs and wonders that draw the hearts and minds of the living to Christ is an important work of the Holy Spirit, that believers are sealed and established for the coming of Jesus to harvest the earth (we say, the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming) is more primary. Developing believers are to fulfill eternal purpose, and therefore receive a fresh endowment of life essence (breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of divinity. Included are inseparable aspects of the divine fullness (i.e., the Creator; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Just as a believer must be given power that allows them to accept accountability and fulfill duty; there must be power to maintain commitment, practice discernment (i.e., recognizing and responding to spirit content from the makeup of GOD appearing within events, oneself, other persons, holy writings, etc.); and display Christ-likeness, the image of GOD. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 2nd Timothy 1: 7, King James Version (KJV): 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2. John 6: 63, KJV: 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

3. Hebrews 4: 12, KJV: 12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

4. John 4: 23-24, KJV: 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

5. 1st Corinthians 2: 12-14, KJV: 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 6. 1st Corinthians 12: 3, KJV: 3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Creation Groans

 

Today, the reply is on the benefit from suffering in the life of Christian believers. Christians are sinners who are yielding to divinity through repentance to exist as the new creation of Jesus Christ. For Christians, suffering is to lose its power to confuse, debase, and drive the living to despair. Their inborn spirit is permanently altered through rebirth that permits them to exist as vessels of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Where the followers of Christ will continue to live on the earth as developing believers they also will continue to endure having carnal, material, and social needs. However, Christians are provided with divine tools that permit overcoming the emotional, psychological and spiritual obstacles imposed by such circumstances as bereavement, loss, misery, and wretchedness. Fresh endowments of spirit content from GOD allow discovery, freshness, and gradual growth. Those who overcome through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit will continue to display holy boldness, certainty, joy, insight, peace, strength, and more. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Elixir” (Level 1 with 163 points, a member since November 27, 2018) posted the following:

 

Is suffering an important part of being human?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8: 14-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Known By His Fruit (11/04/2018); His Suffering At Gethsemane (03/12/2018); The Spirit of Meekness (12/15/2017); Bereavement, Death and Suffering (11/10/2017); Sons of GOD Suffer? (09/19/2017); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Suffering for Suicide? (12/12/2012); The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012)

 

“Elixir”, salvation for Christian believers is accomplished only through sacred events and works performed by divinity. Even so, once its meaning and value is transformed after the Spirit, suffering among the living can make visible many benefits and gifts from GOD, who is invisible. The control and power over the living exercised by death, pain, and uncertainty must be revealed as the outcome from operations of sin, yet, are subject to divine dominion. The living must make efforts that acknowledge the human predicament, and that discern divinity as an active presence within the life. The content and process of mind within created beings and living creatures must be reconfigured and shaped in accordance with the operations of inseparable spirit substance that exists as the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, incorruptibility, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Human consciousness and self-will must become responsive to the personhood, eternal purpose, and sovereign will of the Creator. In addition to performing good works and obeying the law of GOD, the fullness of ones humanity will be displayed through the aspects of maturity (e.g., accountability, balance, commitment, completeness, consistency, integrity, sobriety, stability) and spiritual godliness will be called forth, applied, and expressed in the endurance of hardship and suffering, meeting diverse life challenges, responding to “growing pains,” and overcoming life reversals. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Romans 8: 22, King James Version (KJV): 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

2. Galatians 5: 19-25, KJV: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

3. Hebrews 5: 8-9, KJV: 8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 1st Peter 2: 19-21, KJV: 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. 21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply shares points endorsing sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge and the many fascinations from idolatry, superstition, the occult, and the supernatural. To avoid spiritual confusion, divine truth should be maintained as set apart, privileged, and exclusive. Through the operations of sin, mankind has become vulnerable to defilement of their inborn life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted from the makeup of GOD. Sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures; may accelerate the completion of their mortality, or the end of their duration; and may result in their destruction through the second death. In the same way human survival requires ability to recognize and respond to truth that describes and obeys the conditions put forth by natural law, ability to communicate, survive, and be in ongoing relationship with divinity requires consciousness of spirit substance, the conditions put forth by divine law, and the unadulterated operations of the Creator. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Wesley” (Level 1 with 8 points, a member since August 19, 2017) posted the following:

 

If God created the spirit world then why would the bible claim he is so against us exploring it or using its energy?

For things. Do any of the Christian’s think about this. The bible speaks out strongly against the occult and viewing the spirit world or gaining knowledge. All of this can be done through meditation.

Why if God were real would he be threatened by his creation gaining energy knowledge and power. All those scriptures just prove that it is a control mechanism anyways to keep people powerless.

The ancient Egyptians had stuff on Hell Outer darkness and a Second death you can look it up this apparently is where the bible got some of its ideas.

What was the point of their religion though that if you didn’t meditate or follow a spiritual path that you were at risk for those things naturally after death. They even suggested your spirit could die and then boom you no longer exist at all no reincarnation nothing. Outer darkness is blackness and emotional turmoil you can’t view the astral without an open third eye so all you will see is nothingness and you will be consumed by your own fears and thoughts till your spirit dies.

The only way out is meditation otherwise you are dead and experience bad stuff if not in this life then the after. The ancient religions did not teach to worship Gods but that they were advanced beings to guide humanity to be like themselves. In some of the scriptures it was suggested they are physical to like us and live on another planet and were once here.

Think about all this. Obey “God” and die or open your eyes and be free.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3: 11-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Awe Through Sacred Revelation (12/05/2018); How Sinners Become Perfect (11/26/2018); Watching The Science Channel? (10/17/2018); Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); Mythology Opposes Christian Belief (01/08/2018); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014)

 

Wesley” a meaningful response by a mature Christian believer to your presentation would have to share many important points on the nature, process, and substance of divine fullness (we also say, the summation of all that is divinity; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Where you are willing to continue developing, growing, and learning, the following few points may be helpful to avoid spiritual confusion, and to provide further focus and structure to your studies:

1. Christian belief centers on establishing uninterrupted communication, exchange, and interaction with divinity (we say, Christ-likeness; ongoing relationship; the image of GOD). There must be acknowledgment of GOD appearing as active presence who, despite being immortal, incorruptible and invisible, has personhood; is capable of projecting existence and life; and provides duration, form, opportunity, possibilities, substance, and value to multiple created beings and living creatures.

2. Sin is an enigma to mankind that does not have ordinary material and physical form; does not respond to finite human tools such as intellect, logic, carnal reason, and science; and is not subject to mechanical and natural law. Sin has not been created or put forth by divinity, and contains no spirit matter or sacred substance; yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within the living.

3. The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes destruction, non-existence, upheaval, and return to the conditions of chaos, flux, and confusion that were in place before the creation of heaven and earth.

4. Divinity must be apprehended on the basis of things “set apart” (we say, consecrated; made holy; purified; sanctified), and specific divine operations that include atonement, forgiveness, incarnation, judgment, resurrection, and revelation. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness must be imparted and internalized within the living (we say, breath; life essence; spirit; word) that enable discernment and response to GOD.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. There are many obstacles to mankind achieving clear, complete and correct sacred knowledge imparted by the Holy Spirit. Many promote counterfeits of divinity and deceptive practices as well as products of emotion, imagination, and sensation. Graphic and memorable thrusts against sacred truth include idolatry; superstition; fascination with the occult and the supernatural; perverted sexuality; sorcery and witchcraft; and secular knowledge (e.g., genetics; human history; mathematics; technology). ) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The Return

 

Today, the reply presents the words of Jesus Christ about his return to harvest the earth of those belonging to divinity through his name. No specific date or hour has been proclaimed by divinity for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth; and acknowledgment of Christ must go forward as the manifesting of faith and holiness along with the other inseparable aspects from the image of GOD (e.g., longsuffering; lovingkindness; oneness without sameness; personhood; wisdom; wrath against sin). There must be the continuance of gradual growth for those who are born again in addition to discovery, fellowship, enduring hardship, repentance, and unselfish service. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Father Ben Dover” (Level 1 with 42 points, a member since February 08, 2015) posted the following:

 

When do you think Jesus is coming for us?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26: 40-41, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Preparing For The Rapture (11/09/2018); A Short Time Left (10/30/2018); Christian Beliefs Are Forward-looking (09/23/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); The Most Important Thing (12/28/2017); “Occupy Till I Come” (08/30/2017); Waiting For His Appearing (02/09/2016); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); If You Knew When? (09/17/2015)

 

Father Ben Dover”, the revelation of GOD to mankind has included in depth sacred knowledge pertaining to the birth, ministry, death, eternal purpose, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; yet, there is no proclamation of a specific day and time of his Advent (we also say, his appearing; the Rapture; Second Coming). To avoid error and spiritual confusion, developing and mature Christian believers are encouraged to rely on the things declared through the holy writings, rather than depend on conjecture, speculation, and personal opinions. The guidance and instruction given the apostles and elders for the church are intended to ensure continuity of the ministry, and the further unfolding of repentance, salvation, and new creation as a lifestyle providing sacred opportunities and possibilities that conform to divine law. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version (KJV): 29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

2. Matthew 24: 3-8, KJV: 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

3. Matthew 24: 24-31, KJV: 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

4. Matthew 24: 35-37, KJV: 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Mark 13: 31-33, KJV: 31 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. 33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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The Lord Will Perfect

 

Today, reply is on achieving divine perfection. Among Christians, believers are to acknowledge that all have been tainted through sin inherited from the first pair, Adam and Eve. Thus, there are multiple understandings as to what we now are to display as divine perfection. Because divinity exists as the origin of all integrity, quality and value, meanings for “perfection” that derive from knowledge of GOD includes anointing and consecration; balance; becoming Christlike; completeness; innocence; receiving forgiveness, healing, holiness, prosperity, or rebirth; righteousness; ripening (maturing) for harvest from the earth by Jesus Christ at his coming; resurrection from the dead; sanctification; practicing thoroughness; purity; and the final transformation of mankind that occurs through judgment with completion of the second death (we say, eternal life). A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

How do I be perfect? Jesus said to be perfect?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Ephesians 4: 10-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Speaking Of Christlikeness (06/25/2018); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); Accepting Christ, Accepting Change (10/20/2017); Making A Perfect World? (09/20/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); Becoming A Full Person (02/12/2017); Salvation Takes A Lifetime (04/06/2017)

 

Anonymous”, the perfection many mature Christian believers seek is a full recognition of dependency upon GOD as our Creator and the source of both existence and life, who will impart inseparable aspects of the divine makeup to the created beings and living creatures who will turn to him in love, in obedience to divine law, in repentance, and in respect to his eternal purpose. Perfection understood as godliness is different from being flawless, sinless, or in need of nothing from GOD. Finite tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, secular knowledge, and self-will (we also say, willpower) lack the duration and power to allow everlasting relationship with the divine fullness (we also say, the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit), who is immortal, ineffable, incorruptible, and invisible. Sinners must undergo permanent change that is carried out by the Holy Spirit whereby they attain existence as a new creation in the presence of GOD through Jesus Christ. Not only is this a matter of becoming filled with sacred knowledge as found in the holy writings through discovery, gradual growth, learning and practice, more significantly, there is becoming transformed through a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (many say, rebirth; becoming born again and growing up again; becoming mature and ripe for harvest from the earth). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Psalms 34: 17-19, King James Version (KJV): 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

2. Isaiah 57: 15, KJV: 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

3. Isaiah 66: 1-2, KJV: 1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? 2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 12: 1-2, KJV: 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the reply is on Creation, divine grace, and revelation.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “wandycakes” (Level 3 with 1,035 points, a member since August 04, 2009) posted the following:

 

Why do religious people think they deserve a God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. (Romans 5: 1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Who Deserves Divine Love? (06/23/2017); Forgiveness, Grace and Merit (06/22/2017); Only GOD Is Good? (05/03/2017); Operations of Christian Faith (04/28/2017); Tools for Revelation? (10/26/2015); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Cruel and Offensive (07/24/2014); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); Magical Resurrection? (03/20/2013)

 

wandycakes”, sharing with you an answer that many mature Christian believers might find acceptable, here are some points regarding mankind’s relationship (i.e., continuing communication, exchange, and interaction) with divinity:

1. GOD is the origin of everything that has existence and life. Through divine grace (we also say, unmerited favor), angels and mankind as well as other created beings and living creatures all have been called forth, emanated or fashioned, and placed within multiple spheres of life (e.g., heaven, earth, the land, the sea) having the aspects of consciousness and self-will. Along with the frameworks of time and space, the living are to respond to divine order and sacred law that generate specific opportunities, possibilities, and sacred operations that include aging, birth, death, discovery, gradual growth, judgment, learning, suffering, and unselfish service to GOD.

2. The many divine acts of carnal, material, and spiritual creation all have been expressions of the character, makeup, nature, eternal purpose, and sovereign will of divinity. Similarly, the divine acts and sacred events (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, miracles, proclamation, prophecy, resurrection of the dead, salvation) that make GOD knowable, known, accessible, and approachable (we say, revelation) are provided to establish the completeness and integrity that serves as personhood within the living.

3. Divine gifts and tools have been bestowed upon the living that include covenant relationship, deliverance, life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word), priesthood, sacred knowledge, and secular knowledge. Through operations of the Holy Spirit men also are to receive a fresh endowment of spirit substance from GOD (we say, fire baptism and rebirth) and exist containing inseparable aspects of the divine makeup such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.)

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible: Ephesians 2: 4-10, King James Version (KJV): 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Building on the foundation of faith.

 

Today, reply is on whether reading the Bible will strengthen or weaken ones faith. In the same way fellowship within a community of faith (we say, attending church; having a church home; ministering to others; performing godly works and unselfish service) permits a developing believer to be set apart for sacred use and communion with divinity, regular reading and study of the holy writings consecrate and nourish human consciousness and self-will. Benefits, blessing/cursing, correction, guidance, possibilities, and privilege from GOD are established that may not be gained by any other means, or from anywhere else in the world. Because small children and teens often are introduced to the Bible as a collection of adventure tales and bedtime stories, their parents may have failed to realize that the sacred writings provide lessons that children absolutely must receive as they are growing, not after they are grown. There are multiple themes to equip youth for the mature expression of adult accountability, duty, godliness, gratitude, reverence, and suffering. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Christians help! The more I read the bible, the more my faith weakens?

Shall I stop reading the bible before I completely lose my faith in God?

I was born and raised by Christians, and I was blissfully ignorant to the biblical teachings. But now I’m actually reading and studying the bible critically, it’s making me question God and my faith.

I don’t want to lose faith. I don’t want to become an atheist. I just want to be Christian like my family and friends. Is it okay if I stop reading the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2nd Peter 1: 2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Actual Utterance From GOD? (08/11/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); The Bible and Salvation (09/14/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013)

 

Anonymous”, it would be o.k. if you stopped listening to and participating in academic and literary studies of the Bible. The goal in Christianity is to become Christlike and to commune with divinity, not to fit in with family, friends and other social groups. From the time of Moses, the process of GOD is that of oral proclamation using spokespersons (i.e., prophets), while the use of apostles, scholars and writers have been important for sharing and spreading the revelation from Jesus Christ. Developing believers and full members within the church where Jesus Christ is head are encouraged to acknowledge the holy writings as a source for the nourishment of their own life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) imparted by divinity through baptism as well as through the hearing of preaching, prophecy, testimony, and witness. The Scriptures should be received as a divine tool that crystallizes and focuses consciousness and self-will for believers. The Scriptures provide the common language and vocabulary for sharing sacred experience along with reference points for comparing (showing sameness) and contrasting (showing differences) among events and for streams of truth that are necessary as the discernment, recognition, and ability to respond to divinity as an active presence.

At all times (start to finish), developing and expressing Christian belief is a sacred process of discovery, gradual growth, and transformation. Sinners who become “born again” also must “grow up again,” and become mature in their sacred knowledge, discipline, and practice as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, his new creation, and vessels becoming filled with fresh endowments of divine spirit (e.g., faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).

Those who complain and criticize the Scriptures because they are ancient, because they describe the infirmity and weakness of human consciousness and self-will, or because they speak of Israel and the Jews, usually are operating according to secular knowledge, and are relying on the finite human tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, science, and technology. However, it is the divine law, eternal purpose, immutable truth, and sovereign will of an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Deity that must come into understanding. Embracing the frameworks of time and space yet enduring as forward-looking, Christians carefully examine a record of divinity appearing through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Believers are to apprehend as their own inheritance a treasure made up of counsels, covenant agreements, government documents (chronicles), examples, instructions, praises, sacred process, promises, prophecies, and warnings. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Hebrews 11: 6, King James Version (KJV): 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

(2.) Romans 10: 17, KJV: 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(3.) 2nd Timothy 3: 16-17, KJV: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Romans 10: 1-4, KJV: 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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