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Omnicience

 

Today, the makeup and nature of divine knowledge are considered.  Many aspects of angelic and human makeup were designed to be independent and separate from divinity, and in that sense, they do not carry out and obey sacred law.  Also, there are multiple elements and features that are not intended to communicate, exchange and interact with Deity within ongoing relationships that are intimate, organic, or personal.  Those who parrot the language that GOD is “all-knowing” or “omniscient” may be doing so because they deny revelation from GOD, acknowledge no relationship to the Holy, and are convinced that the Most High is more concerned about the world and the flesh than anything else.  They seem to want to make certain that GOD knows their sinful thoughts and wickedness so they may blame GOD for it, escape divine justice, and question the righteousness of his judgments against themselves.  Mature Christians are more ready to understand that the knowledge of GOD goes beyond the objects and operations that appear within the frameworks of time and space, or the life experiences of angelic and human duration.  The heart, mind, and will of GOD also embrace, embody, and focus upon things that are entirely spirit in their character and makeup as well as eternal and perfect.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is presented) posted the following:

 

God is omniscient and knows everything he knows before we’re born if we’re going to heaven or hell so how can anyone claim we have free will?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.  (Romans 8:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Creator is Different (10/31/2017); Idolatry — Exalting Human Devices? (09/21/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017); Divine Knowing, Finite Will? (09/28/2016); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, because created beings and living creatures must come to know their own spheres of life (e.g., the earth, the ocean, the universe) using finite tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, carnal reason, and sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) they are always more ready to describe divinity as being a life form like themselves.  GOD is being made known and revealed as a spirit who is the origin of consciousness, existence, and life.  At this time, Christian believers should avoid calling GOD “all-knowing” or “omniscient”, for this implies that the mind of GOD contains and is focused only on secular knowledge, human affairs, the  world, and the things of flesh.  To engage divinity in relationships that will be continuous, personal, and enduring, the living must be endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD as well as sacred knowledge.  Included are inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, “oneness without sameness,” wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The carnal mind is enmity against GOD (i.e., has not been designed to respond to the spirit content and active presence who is the Most High).  In the same way, there now are machines that do the same work you would expect from a human, yet, they are still only machines, the inborn spirit within human beings allows the living to perform many tasks obeying divine law, yet, they still can not consistently and correctly identify, resist, and eliminate sin.  They are like the new automobiles that will apply the brakes, lock the doors, and even park the vehicle when supplied with correct data processed by artificial intelligence and on-board computers.  As mechanical devices that require detailed programming, these machines can perform a few simple things very well, and they do not discover, learn, or themselves create and reproduce.  Therefore, we say they lack human flexibility and person that would allow responses to unplanned for changes.

There is no “free will” that may ignore natural and sacred law; however, there are rebellion and self-will that are separate from the sovereign will of GOD.  When you say, ABCDEFG, and I say, XYZ is coming, I am not reading your mind so much as discerning and reacting to a fixed pattern.  The “foreknowledge” of Deity concerning human accomplishments can be compared to that of a father who, on the day his child is born, rushes out and buys a football, or baseball.  He intends to guide, instruct, and share a peculiar inheritance with his own child.  He may have a dream and a hope that his son will someday be a champion athlete.  His dad may even coach him daily, all through his “growing up years;” and when his son reaches age for high school or college athletics, his son may choose basketball, or chemistry and other sciences, instead.

Consider again Ephesians 1:  2-11, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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The Device of Incarnation

 

Today, reply is on divinity’s use of flesh and human form to appear on the earth.  GOD has used multiple embodiments, sacred events (we say, miracles), and figures on the earth to display the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead).  Included have been the abundance and plenty of harvests; altars and wells of water established by nomadic tribes; the fall of manna from heaven for 40 years; fire from heaven to receive offerings and sacrifices; the burning bush that appeared to Moses; various kingdoms and nations in covenant with the Creator; the flood of Noah’s day; the punishing plagues leveled against Pharaoh; and the Passover that preserved the Hebrews while destroying Egypt’s firstborn.  Through Jesus Christ, divinity now is providing communion, continuing relationship, and a complete revelation of the GODhead that avoids much of the human error, fear, and spiritual confusion that accompanied the earlier extreme episodes, one-time events, and supernatural occurrences.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” with the user ID “1282838”  (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since October 10, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why can’t God the Father come down to the Earth in human form, so people can worship Him? ???

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:  (Colossians 1:  9-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Becoming Joined To GOD (10/13/2017); An Incarnation of Divinity? (10/12/2017); In Spirit and Truth? (10/02/2017); The Makeup of GOD (09/25/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/14/2017); Who Will See GOD? (10/04/2016); A GOD Without Form? (12/27/2015)

 

“1282838”, here are some points to consider that may help build up your understanding of Christian beliefs regarding the Incarnation of GOD in Jesus Christ:

The device of Incarnation is used by divinity (1) to make the active presence who is GOD knowable, known, accessible, and approachable among created beings and living creatures such as angels and men (we say, is used for revelation); (2) to focus and provide sacred substance within the finite consciousness of the living through the use of intellect, mind and sensation (we say, divinity appears, becomes manifest); (3) to promote communication, exchange and interaction with the Creator through continuous personal and stable relationships that display accountability, affection, praise, prayer, respect, and reverence (e.g., covenant, marriage, service as apostles, priests and prophets); and (4) to complete sacred operations that must actualize divine possibilities and eternal purposes such as Creation, judgment, prophecy, reconciliation, and salvation.

The intent of Incarnation is not so much making GOD visible, or showing what GOD “looks like.”  GOD is a spirit who is to be acknowledged (we say, worshiped) in spirit and in truth.  Divine spirit exists as diffuse, unlimited, and without having a discrete shape or measurable form.  The living are to connect and respond to divinity using their own divine content imparted as their inborn life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, word), or as a fresh endowment from the makeup of GOD through water baptism (we say, rebirth, becoming born again).  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of Deity can be imparted to the living such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The holy writings make GOD “visible” by presenting thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years.  While it often seems to humans like us that GOD can do whatever he pleases, to maintain divine order throughout a universe that includes things seen and unseen, divinity will only operate to carry out, complete, express, and fulfill the acts of grace, forbearance, forgiveness, and divine prerogative that appear through covenant agreements, governance and divine law, sacred proclamations, promises, prophecy, revelation, and imperatives of sovereign will.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 4:  11-19, King James Version (KJV):  11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.  12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire:  ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice.  13 And he declared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables of stone.  14 And the LORD commanded me at that time to teach you statutes and judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it.  15 Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire:  16 Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female,  17 The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air,  18 The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:  19 And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.

(2.)  Acts 17:  24-31, KJV:  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.

(3.)  John 1:  11-14, KJV:  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  2-4, KJV:  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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From Heaven

 

Today, reply is on divine wrath against sin, and salvation from wrath through the blood of Jesus.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “STEVAN” (Level 1 with 157 points, a member since February 12, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why does the christian god issue out threats to mankind on a daily basis?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.  The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked:  the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.  He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers:  Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.  The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.  Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.  The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.  But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.  What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end:  affliction shall not rise up the second time.  (Nahum 1:  2-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); The Vengeance of GOD? (10/01/2017); Storms to Punish America? (09/08/2017); Mercy to the Merciless? (07/30/2017); Becoming Free From Sin (07/16/2017); First Seeking the Kingdom (03/03/2017); Temporal and Eternal Judgment (02/15/2017)

 

“STEVAN”, wrath against sin is a permanent aspect of the character, makeup, and substance of divinity; is not an emotion or feeling that comes and goes; and continues in balance with such attributes as oneness without sameness, impartiality, mercy, and restraint.  The GOD Christian believers acknowledge has put forth existence, life, and multiple streams of truth that flow together, interact, and at times oppose one another.  Even so, the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) is a single, active presence, who makes Deity knowable, known, and approachable by created beings and living creatures, and who uses distinct forms and sacred processes as three persons (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  GOD is to be respected as the Creator, as a deliverer, a law giver, a sovereign ruler, and a god of judgment.

Where the living obey, and accept the protection and security generated through the law of GOD, no one is “threatened” by the law.  Because an important use of the law is to expose sin that otherwise would be hidden and unknown, the law identifies enmity against GOD through disobedience.  While we are correct to speak of a “final” judgment, divine authority and judgment are continuous and eternal processes.  The outcomes of divine judgment always are blessing and peace, for divine judgment is the resolution of conflict and the settlement of disputes through the declaration of sacred law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD).  By providing fixed elements as anchors and reference points to express the immutable, incorruptible, unchanging nature of GOD, divinity “rules” and maintains divine order.  The living may discern (i.e., use their own endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD), recognize and respond to discrete cycles, patterns and sequences that we speak of as regulated by both “natural” and “spiritual laws.”  Sinners who have received fresh deposits of life essence (breath, spirit, word) are supplied to examine and acknowledge the spirit content residing within events, other persons, the holy writings, themselves, etc.  The inseparable aspects of divinity they receive through water baptism include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 7:  10-12, King James Version (KJV):  10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.  11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.

(2.)  1st Timothy 1:  9-10, KJV:  9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,  10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 5:  8-10, KJV:  8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.  10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made showing the Bible is a living and organic appearance of divinity.  Through reading the Bible, a sinner is granted a life-saving encounter that exposes the otherwise hidden feelings, thoughts, and eternal purposes of the Creator.  Communication, exchange and interaction appear just as between two or more individuals, for multiple aspects of Deity are present through the holy writings that include approachability, authority, commitment, identity, oneness without sameness, person, and responsiveness.  A personal relationship with GOD may begin that is built up through discovery, gradual growth, learning, and obedience as well as by the godly endurance of challenge, opposition and suffering.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Smallkoqu Henpecked Islamophobe” (Level 3 with 2,014 points, a member since August 18, 2017) posted the following:

 

Why does the Bible begin with “In the beginning was the word”?

Surely it should begin “Once upon time”.

Update: LOL. How many had to go look it up lol..

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  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.  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.  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.  (1st Corinthians 2:  7-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Making Sense of Preexistence? (10/06/2017); The Makeup of GOD (09/25/2017); The Word of GOD (09/05/2017); GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); Holy Writings and Spirit? (12/16/2016); When the Donkey Speaks? (11/03/2016); The Bible and Salvation (09/14/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016)

 
“Smallkoqu Henpecked Islamophobe,” were I to say, it is possible for you to see, feel, and hold the heart and mind of GOD in your own two hands, many would probably say something like, Never in a million years!  However, it is correct to understand the holy writings are a genuine appearance and embodiment of divine substance from the makeup of the Creator.  Included are inseparable aspects of divine spirit content such as faith, holiness, hope, joy, and eternal purpose as well as multiple expressions of grace, divine prerogative, righteousness, and sovereign will.

The Bible presents admonitions, oral history, cultural history, divine law, government records (chronicles), parables, praises, prayers, proclamation, sacred promises, prophecies, proverbs, and other divine utterances.  The Bible is a collection of sacred records (we say, a full library of at least 66 books; some versions include as many as 77).  A broad range of materials have been collected and preserved as family inheritance, and the necessary materials, procedures, and privileged knowledge for priesthood and continuing various relationships with divinity (e.g., Patriarch, judge, high priest, king, prophet, spokesperson, apostle).  The Scriptures reveal divinity (make GOD knowable, known, and present among created beings and living creatures) by showing the operations of GOD through thousands of events occurring within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  This divine perspective even includes the intent, private thoughts, and otherwise unseen errors among men.

In the same way Jesus Christ is an Incarnation of the GODhead, who has been embraced, kissed, his feet washed with tears and anointed, and who imparted virtue to a woman that merely touched the hem of his garment, the Bible is accounted as “ordinary” and unimpressive, yet, permits the acquisition and apprehension of sacred knowledge, salvation, and eternal life.  Those who rely on secular knowledge, carnal reason, and such frameworks as time and space are not “fitted” and supplied to deal with the process and themes of the Bible that repeatedly point to the existence and operations of spirit.  Genuine believers are inclined to talk in terms of “mystery”, for it is not correct to call GOD a “being” or entity, as though we are speaking of another human; we have no agreement of what “spirit” is (except to say that “spirit” is made up only of “spirit”, faith of faith, holiness of holiness); and, at best we may say, GOD is an active presence.

Within the consciousness of Christian believers and those being drawn to Jesus Christ, “in the beginning” does not speak to a period of time; rather, the origins of heaven and earth are being identified.  The name (reputation) of GOD (how divinity is to be spoken of) is introduced as Creator and Maker.  The Bible does not provide many details on  preexistence, or the specific “manufacture” of the many things called into existence; and they are not accounted as relevant to the major focus and intent of the full work.  With this in view, consider the following:

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

(2.)  Daniel 2:  20-23, KJV:  20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:  for wisdom and might are his:  21 And he changeth the times and the seasons:  he removeth kings, and setteth up kings:  he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:  22 He revealeth the deep and secret things:  he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

(3.)  2nd Timothy 3:  14-17, KJV:  14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  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 to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is to a teen on giving as a sacrament and sacred discipline within the body of Christ.  The questions I respond to in this sacred writings blog usually are taken from an Internet site that serves as a public forum.  While the writers there often are insulting by accusing divinity, making use of sarcasm, or even deliberately blaspheming, many pose questions very close to those I once asked as a young Christian believer, and that continue as hidden, suppressed and unasked among some who are long-time church members.  In the church, giving is a duty, an obligation, and a privilege that further establishes sacred balance, interdependence, maturity, and stability.  Money may serve as an emblem and token for a broad range of offerings that include allegiance, effort, esteem, labor, possibilities, reverence, and amounts of time.  Abundance and plenty promote confidence, joy, and security; and giving expresses eternal purpose and love by adding and imparting value to the beloved.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why is money even a thing with church?

I know I’m only 15 and Adults think teenagers don’t know anything, but this time I think it’s the adults who are blind. Recently I stopped going to church with my mother because I started to find the collection bowl for God’s offering and the pastor’s offering offensive. I mean like what does God want with money? Nowhere in the bible does God ever ask us to render money unto him. So I ask the office lady at my Church what happens to the money collected as the Church and she says “Electricity, water, upkeep and other programs like the deconess breakfast don’t pay for themselves.” I then ask her why the pastor needed an offering and she said “The pastor is a hardworking man and we have to give what we can to help him out.”

At this I ran out the church with my head sweltering. I mean why would we call an offering that’s going to the church bank account an offering to God? It smells heavily of bait & switch. And then why would we give the pastor ANYTHING? A priest is supposed to spread the word because God commands his heart, not to line his wallets. To that end I thought priest were supposed to live a humble life never accepting money for themselves? It makes it seem like Church is more a business than a school of God. I don’t think money should have anything to with Church because it brings greed and corruption.

Update: @Anon It’s obvious you don’t either, seeing as you failed to elaborate on your general remark.

Update 2: @James We’re not in elementary. There is no need for name calling. I’m just trying to figure out the heart of this dilemma.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now I have prepared with all my might for the house of my God the gold for things to be made of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and the brass for things of brass, the iron for things of iron, and wood for things of wood; onyx stones, and stones to be set, glistering stones, and of divers colours, and all manner of precious stones, and marble stones in abundance.  Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good, of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.  Even three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses withal:  The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?  Then the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel and the captains of thousands and of hundreds, with the rulers of the king’s work, offered willingly,  And gave for the service of the house of God of gold five thousand talents and ten thousand drams, and of silver ten thousand talents, and of brass eighteen thousand talents, and one hundred thousand talents of iron.  And they with whom precious stones were found gave them to the treasure of the house of the LORD, by the hand of Jehiel the Gershonite.  Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD:  and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.  (1st Chronicles 29:  2-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  What Does Divinity Want? (03/13/2017); Fundraising A Sacred Practice? (01/01/2017); About Giving to GOD (12/13/2016); More On Sacrificial Giving (11/03/2015); A $1,000 Dollar Seed? (11/02/2015); Christ Receives the Tithes? (08/04/2015); A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); On Being Good Stewards (12/17/2013); Traditional Marriage? (12/18/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some important ideas for developing believers.  Giving within the church to the church is a work of faith.  Correctly understood, sinners become members of a church so they may be continually and regularly nourished and supported while they are being permanently changed and transformed through divine operations by the imparted Spirit of GOD.  Many of us have experienced and participated in programs offered by Christian congregations and assemblies of faith as aspects of our own family life, and a special form of inheritance from our parents or other caretakers.  In many cases, such beginnings have been only carnal, material, secular, and social.  Thus, we repeatedly hear, You must be born again.  There must be the death and burial of the inborn spirit, with resurrection having divine DNA, so to speak.  Well-meaning, yet, vain (lacking spirit substance) practices often are brought into the place for service and worship as though the church is only another community recreation center.  Thus, it is difficult to apply discernment (i.e., correctly recognize and respond to spirit content from the makeup of GOD that will appear within sacred events, oneself, other persons, prophecy, the holy writings, etc.).

In the same way obedience—putting aside ones own will to carry out and perform the will of another—is one of the most recognizable expressions of genuine love (and so is acknowledged in the vows of holy matrimony), other unmistakable marks of mature love among Christians are accountability, commitment, continually acquiring sacred knowledge, and outpourings of gratitude, respect, and thanksgiving.  The Holy Spirit must impart inseparable aspects of divinity to those who are “born again,” and they must “grow up again” enduring challenges, “growing pains,” and even suffering with Christ.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, hope, meekness, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Because every believer does receive some measure of fresh spirit content, believers are accounted as a new creation through Jesus Christ having oneness without sameness.  There can be great diversity within a congregation, for all do not have the same level of knowledge, maturity, and willingness to unselfishly serve.

Salvation is carried out and completed through divine operations, rather than through application of finite tools such as feelings, intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation grounded in sacred law.  Because the living accept sin as natural, normal, and in no way contrary their own makeup, sin may dominate awareness and self-will (willpower) within created beings and living creatures.  Sin can not influence or manipulate the divine will; thus, the living are granted fresh endowments of divine will to reinforce their character, focus, and process when identifying and resisting sin.  Through the Spirit, giving, stewardship, and other forms of service are aspects of sacrament (sacred practice), and are no longer inappropriate, irritating, and upsetting.  By continual practice, the discipline and order within the community of shared spirit is to become “second nature” like breathing in and out.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Proverbs 19:  16-18, King James Version (KJV):  16 He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.  17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.  18 Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.

(2.)  Proverbs 19:  22, KJV:  22 The desire of a man is his kindness:  and a poor man is better than a liar.

(3.)  James 2:  14-19, KJV:  14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?  15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,  16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?  17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 9:  11-14, KJV:  11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?  12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.  13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Chronicles 29:  10-18, KJV:  10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  11 Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  15 For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers:  our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.  16 O LORD our God, all this store that we have prepared to build thee an house for thine holy name cometh of thine hand, and is all thine own.  17 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things:  and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee.  18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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Moral Compass

 

Today, reply is on forgiveness as one aspect in developing a “moral compass.”  Correctly understood, salvation through Jesus Christ brings together multiple streams of divine operations to reveal the divine nature and establish eternal life.  In addition to forgiveness and the Savior dying on the cross there also must be such elements as atonement, discernment, Incarnation, longsuffering, rebirth, reconciliation, intimate relationship, repentance, resurrection, sanctification, and transformation.  An individual believer will be built up (we say, edified) and spiritually increased as a member being nourished along with other parts of a full body, the church.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Luke” (Level 7 with 25,043 points, a member since February 06, 2014) posted the following:

 

How can Christians act morally when their god will forgive any sin?

What’s to stop a Christian from murdering someone and then asking Jesus for forgiveness 5 minutes later?

How can Christians develope any moral compass when they’re allowed to do anything at all and their god will forgive them for it.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  (2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Forgiveness Not Enough? (09/22/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); The Practice of Love (07/27/2017); Transformation Not Obedience Alone (07/02/2017); Sacred Operations To Give Life? (06/29/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); Forgiveness and The Cross (04/04/2016)

 

“Luke”, surely, you will agree to create or install a “moral compass” requires more than a “big bang.”  Your question also suggests that by your standards (1) for GOD to grant forgiveness is immoral, (2) there are no other divine operations that give meaning and sacred substance to forgiveness, and (3) forgiveness is the same as approving and endorsing sin and wickedness.  Forgiveness pertains to salvation carried out and performed only by GOD, and so speaks of a profound transformation of a sinner’s awareness, spirit-makeup, and self-will that may be dominated by the operations of sin.  Forgiveness is linked to such sacred works as revelation, final judgment (we say, the second death), rebirth, resurrection from the dead, the expression of divine love as well as sanctification (the living being set apart to serve GOD by fulfilling promise, prophecy, and eternal purpose). 

Many are unable to see that sin is contrary to the character and nature of humanity.  They think of sin as natural, normal, and unavoidable.  Without permanent change, instruction and sacred knowledge from divinity, sinners are unable to realize, recognize, and properly resist the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of sacred law, the Law Giver, and the full universe that relies upon divine order; and sin promotes chaos, non-existence, and the conditions that were in place before the establishment of heaven and earth. 

While there are many operations of GOD that will be accomplished through instantaneous sacred events (we say, miracles), the operations of divinity to establish discernment, renewal, and the intended oneness without sameness among created beings and living creatures now emphasize discovery, gradual growth, and learning.  Those who are “born again” must “grow up again” and become mature by enduring “growing pains” and life experience on the earth.  GOD acknowledges the carnal, material, and social frameworks relied on by mankind; thus, the living are to experience death and burial of the inborn spirit; and are given fresh endowments of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Inseparable aspects from the makeup of GOD can be imparted to the living such as faith, holiness, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Having a fresh deposit of the sovereign will of GOD, awareness and self-will in mankind can not be dominated by sin.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  Psalms 130:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand?  4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.  5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.  6 My soul waiteth for the LORD more than they that watch for the morning:  I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

(2.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

(3.)  1st Peter 1:  18-23, KJV:  18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:  23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 7:  40-47, KJV:  40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors:  the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty.  42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most?  43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.  44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet:  but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.  45 Thou gavest me no kiss:  but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.  46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint:  but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much:  but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 
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I Will Repay

 

 

Today, reply is on the righteousness of GOD in the administration of vengeance (justice).  Correctly understood, the vengeance of GOD is the fulfillment of all promise and prophecy that follow the completion of final judgment.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Someone in another question mentioned the vengeance of God. I’m agnostic, but I ask Christians, is God’s vengeance “righteous”?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:  for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.  (Revelation 21:  3-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); GOD Indwells Divine Law (07/14/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); On Accepting Divine Judgment (02/26/2017); The Respect of Persons? (10/14/2016); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, the administration of comprehensive justice is a sacred operation.  Mature Christian believers understand “divine vengeance” to mean lawful judgment by GOD that is balanced, impartial, and thorough, for included within the responses of Deity are compassion, empathy, forbearance, forgiveness, mercy, and love.  Vengeance is not the outcome or result of being made angry, insulted, or divinity “losing self-control.”  Vengeance is an aspect of eternal purpose and sacred revelation whereby divinity is made fully knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Through vengeance the righteousness of divinity appears that would otherwise remain invisible and unseen.

Understanding divine judgment is difficult for those who have not received the endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD that is imparted to those who are born again.  They fail to discern that, along with authority and power, there also are commitment, longsuffering (the ability to endure), and patience are aspects of the divine glory; and the GOD who appeared to Moses is a GOD of judgment.  Relying on consumerism, materialism, carnal reason and secular knowledge (e.g., finance, history, politics, science), human ideas of justice center on equality, fairness, indebtedness, and parity.  In the purview of GOD, justice must extend to maintain all existence, not merely to settle conflicts and resolve disputes among the living over property.  The vengeance of GOD must accomplish the elimination of all sin as well as make an irrefutable display of divine perfection. 

Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and all divine order throughout Creation.  Sin promotes non-existence, and a return to the conditions that were in place before the establishment of heaven and earth (we say, anarchy, chaos, confusion).  While sin has no existence as spirit substance (e.g., authority, glory, majesty), sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Sinners must receive inseparable aspects of the same consciousness and sovereign will that were displayed in Jesus Christ as the Son of Adam and the Son of GOD.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 32:  34-36, King James Version (KJV):  34 Is not this laid up in store with me, and sealed up among my treasures?  35 To me belongeth vengeance and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time:  for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste.  36 For the LORD shall judge his people, and repent himself for his servants, when he seeth that their power is gone, and there is none shut up, or left.

(2.)  Ephesians 4:  25-27, KJV:  5 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  26 Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  27 Neither give place to the devil.

(3.)  James 1:  19-21, KJV:  19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:  20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.  21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

There is far more that should be considered and properly understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 3:  3-6, KJV:  3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?  4 God forbid:  yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.  5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)  6 God forbid:  for then how shall God judge the world?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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