Archive for the ‘logic’ Category

      The topic, today, is a writer’s assumption that Jesus is dead. Also, there is more on the “social life” of Jesus. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using ID “SupaStar” (Level 3 with 2,241 points, a member since April 3, 2013) posted the following:


Christians-Simple Question. You claim “Jesus Died For Me”. I will assume then, that Jesus is dead?


THE BATTLE AXE: Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013)—The life of Jesus as a man in the flesh is recorded in the four Gospels in order to display to all a man in the Spirit. There are many things readers are not told, and must regard as inappropriate and unnecessary. We are not told his favorite color, the foods he most enjoyed, the jokes that made him laugh to the point of tears, or details from his human experience of sexual appetite. Readers are told of his divine mission, his use of sacred authority and power, and how he demonstrated his genuinely heartfelt love to GOD and to mankind. Divine substance and virtue flowed forth from Jesus when he was casting out devils, healing, and performing many of his miracles. As a result, social interaction for amusement and recreation are not described for Jesus; the Lord sought refreshment through isolation, meditation, prayer and withdrawal. The sharing of his last Passover, and the institution of the Lord’s Supper were in the nature of shared worship, and so may not be regarded as a “social occasion” for Jesus (Luke 22: 13-20, KJV). Throughout his ministry, Jesus was alert to carry out and unselfishly perform the divine purpose at all times. See Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, Matthew 14: 13-23 and Luke 22: 39-48, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. (1st Peter 1: 3-16, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How To Accept Bible truth? (04/17/2013); About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); The Spirit and Pentecost (03/27/2013); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); A Text for Lives Today? (11/25/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012); Entered Into Heaven (02/07/2012); Poem: “The Magician: Franco Gaskin” (02/08/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011)

    
     SupaStar, where you truly want to grasp answers from Christian believers, here are some important points you do not want to overlook:

(1.) Christianity is a belief system wherein each individual truth clarifies and supports the other existing truths. Those who condemn Christian belief as being fantasy, or lacking logic and reason usually have failed to acknowledge the first rules for clear thought: Assumptions for a coherent and sound system of truth must be contained within, and generated from the system itself. All its parts must fit together perfectly, like a jigsaw.

(2.) All Christian truths are simple, yet profound (i.e., deep; far reaching in its application and consequences; having multiple points of focus and meaning). Because the reality of GOD may only be known by the operation of GOD (i.e., revelation), those who seek Christian truth must become believers through endowments of divinity (we say, the imparted, indwelling Spirit, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost). Saying this another way: You must be born again, and develop from divine DNA.

(3.) Christian believers all express gratitude for the death of Jesus. This is made easier knowing he has been “forgiven” and raised from the dead by GOD the Father. Our joy is amplified by the further truth that Jesus, who already has shown us favor and grace by serving as a holy sacrifice in atonement, will never suffer and die again, and is appointed to preside over the final judgment of created beings and living creatures. Believers receive an assurance of balance, empathy, impartiality, and absolute righteousness.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Jesus is now eternal and immortal; and resides in the heavens with GOD the Father. The further truth of Christian belief proclaims that Christ will return to the earth (an Advent, a Second Coming) to receive to himself all those who acknowledge him as their Savior.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The Bible and human awareness are topics today with more on forgiveness.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Secular Thinker – I’m back.” (Level 1 with 186 points, a member since February 28, 2013) posted the following:


Christians – Which parts of the Bible should I take literally?

I love how the Christians constantly state that all of the verses I attack as evidence for God being an evil tyrant, or making no sense whatsoever aren’t to be taken literally, yet at the same time tell me to take the ones stating him to be a “loving and merciful” god as literal fact. Funny.


THE BATTLE AXE:  Not Even Sorry? (03/10/2013)—For all Christians, to bestow forgiveness is a duty (i.e., a necessary spiritual task that must be completed without regard to ones likes and dislikes, cost and personal sacrifice required, or the earning of payment and rewards).  Because forgiveness is always granted as a freely given gift, no one must abase themselves, beg, or endure disgrace to receive forgiveness. For many salvation begins in acknowledging and confessing ones need for forgiveness. The rage for a justice filled with human anger, darkness, “pay back”, venom and revenge must become a desire for godly charity, forbearance, pardon, peace, light and restoration.  For many salvation begins in acknowledging and confessing ones need for forgiveness.  The completion of ones mortality should also include calling forth and extending forgiveness to those who remain as survivors.  Forgiveness pertains to the ministry of salvation, therefore, higher issues than continuing and restoring trust within personal relationships are involved.  Aspects of righteous judgment must come into view, including balance, guilt, impartiality, mercy and thoroughness.  Yet, forgiveness is not to be regarded as a tool to alter and manipulate others so much as a sacred mechanism for further experience and revelation of Divine Person and Spirit.  The transformation of created beings from mortal and temporal to immortal and incorruptible demands longsuffering, repentance, sorrow for sins, and wrath against sin as well as forgiveness of others.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:  Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.  For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers:  but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:  and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.  (1st Peter 3:  10-16, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Wanting to Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Not Even Sorry? (03/10/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); Accomplished in Christ? (01/16/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Confusion 2013 (01/13/2013)


The challenge of the holy writings cannot be successfully met by relying solely upon academic logic, human reason and “secular thinking.”  The Bible is intended to impart divine content to created beings and living creatures, and all Scriptures use the gateways of awareness and consciousness to deposit spirit content from the person of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom and wrath against sin.  GOD is a spirit, and may only be known through spirit and actuality that we typically refer to as “truth.”

The processes of human mind go beyond thought, just as they go beyond “truth.”  Such mental operations as desire, doubt, fantasy, forgetting, imagination, lying, premonition, projection, recall and unbelief are aspects of mind, also.  The primary aspects of human spirit center neither upon thought, nor feeling (i.e., emotion).  Being and existence proceed from the action and presence of Divine Person and Spirit.  Because the flesh and form also determines consciousness in the created, many respond only to appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sexual contact), sense (e.g., hearing, seeing, touching), and the continuous changes we call “mind”.  Sin easily dominates self-will despite that sin is “no-thing” having carnal, material or spirit substance.  Like “anti-matter”, sin does not exist, and cannot be detected without devices provided by GOD.  Yet sin has direction, effect and presence opposing divine law, sacred order, and the continued existence of all that is created as well as the Creator.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the Bible is a record of divine actions, performed among and through men.  A divine point of view is given us so that we see thousands of lives, shown over the course of thousands of years.  The Bible is a record detailing divine covenants, laws, priesthood, acceptable praises and prayers, promises, proclamations and prophesies.  The profound change in understanding required by readers of the Bible is so sweeping, we say, “You must be born again,” and “grow up” again (i.e., be  established in a new spiritual consciousness).  To correctly grasp the simplest points does require a mindset supplied by GOD through the Holy Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Response is shared with a writer who is angry that refusing divine gifts will be punished by hell fire, and more on the complaint that teachings about sin from the Gospel of Jesus Christ are not “logical”. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Kagos” (Level 2 with 601 points, a member since May 19, 2012) posted the following:

Doesn’t God punishing people for politely declining his blessings defeat the point of them being gifts?

“You’re going to be happy and have an amazing life AND YOU’RE GOING TO LIKE IT!. Don’t you ******* dare tell me you don’t want what I have to give you, or that you could make yourself an even better life than what I have planned. Everyone else who did that is now burning in a pit of flame in which they can never have the merciful death for which they beg. Now just accept my free, no strings attached gifts and give me your soul in return.”
I’m sorry, but that just doesn’t sound like anything a loving father would do. :S


THE BATTLE AXE: The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012)—The aspects of human experience that dominate our thinking and understanding are primarily appetite (such as hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (such as hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting), and desire (such operations of mind as fantasy, imagination, projection, recall). Our human awareness and consciousness must be changed to recognize things that are totally spiritual in their nature and substance. GOD must establish a complete reconfiguration of our inner being, and so we say, a person must be “born again.” This is not accomplished by human intellect and thought. In fact, it is spoken of as “non-sense”; and proceeds within us by the person of GOD being present as imparted, indwelling spirit. In its simplest statement, the Gospel declares the release of mankind from sin as a continuing aspect of human existence through the death and resurrection of GOD incarnate (i.e., in the flesh as a human). This rebirth requires spirit substance that itself makes up the Divine Being (e.g., faith, holiness, righteousness, truth, wisdom, wrath against sin). We speak of the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of Prophecy) as having been given to mankind to acknowledge and confirm the work of Jesus in the earth, on behalf of both GOD and man. This peculiar aspect from the full person of GOD, the Holy Spirit, now operates upon and within those who seek right relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11: 9-13, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: By Grace (09/04/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012); Girdle 44: The Good Seed (12/31/2011); Girdle 40: The Clift In The Rock (12/27/2011); Girdle 1: Be Ready (11/16/2011); About Promises (02/16/2011); Turn From Sin? (02/15/2011)

      
     Because you are thinking “after the flesh” instead of “after the spirit,” it is difficult (and apparently painful) for you to grasp the sacred meaning, and process of GOD. You are still using ideas from carnal, material and social reality to speak about things that are entirely spiritual in their nature and substance. Once you achieve the emotional and mental control that is part of being born again, and “growing up again” to become spiritually mature, you will see that the language of “gifts from GOD” is merely a device to assist those who are underdeveloped, and immature. GOD must commune with men at their level as created beings and living creatures. To speak of “gifts” is only useful to begin ones spiritual learning in the same way “mama” and “dada” are used, and with growth are discarded. Similarly, memorizing ABCs is a great achievement for a small child, yet one still cannot read and write until they learn to combine and recombine letters of the alphabet.

      Your anger, condemnation, distrust, fear, frustration, and pain are not from GOD–they are aspects of your expression as someone caught in the human predicament. As a result, you do not appear to have the Holy Spirit from GOD that is necessary to convince you of this. Where you truly want to achieve a correct relationship with GOD as your Creator, your Savior, your Father, you will have to approach him in prayer showing humility and respect. You will have to ask for his guidance, even claiming all the benefit from the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, “death,” “joy” “punishment” and “eternal life” are terms that have special meaning to mature believers that is hidden from those who are beginners. As men on the earth, in human communication, we are forced to use “bananas for watermelons,” so to speak. Putting aside all differences (size, shape, weight), the two are exactly the same: both are green (at first), both are fruit, both have exactly the same function of bearing seed. Similarly, putting the flesh aside, we use breath, utterance and words to convey divine spirit.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Today, a reader challenges the logic of a scholar’s take on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and more is presented on how many chances we are given for salvation. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Robert” (Level 3 with 1,073 points, a member since March 31, 2012) posted the following:

According to christian scholar?

if i don’t believe in jesus death on cross for my sins

i will not be saved

i will go to hellfire

but he says if i believe and even if i commit sins

i will be saved kos jesus already paid for my sins

this does not sounds very logical to me, is this true?

THE BATTLE AXE: Chances for Change (09/15/2012)—After the teachings of the Scriptures, many Christian believers hold that each new day is a new opportunity to come to Christ, to enter into repentance, and to be returned to GOD (e.g., see Lamentations 3: 22-23, Psalm 68: 19 and Proverbs 8: 33-35, KJV). GOD extends opportunities to mankind for salvation on a daily basis (see Jeremiah 7: 25, Acts 2: 47, and Acts 5: 42, KJV). So long as one is alive, a voluntary choice for change may be made (Ezekiel 18: 30-32, KJV). Salvation and the spiritual change, growth and learning that occur are not discrete, one-time events; there must be an ongoing and regular progression experienced as new life (see Romans 7: 6, 2nd Corinthians 5: 17, and Hebrews 3: 12-14, KJV). With the end of mortality, there will be an end of the Temple in the heavens. The holy city, the New Jerusalem, will be set like a jewel within a new heaven and earth; and will be the home of mankind that has received incorruptibility and immortality (see Isaiah 65: 17-19, 2nd Peter 3: 9-14 and Revelation 21, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, (Romans 1: 16-22, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sin Without Wrongdoing? (08/28/2012); Tests for Origins (08/27/2012); To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012)

      The things concerning Jesus Christ are profound, and may not be correctly understood without contemplation, reflection, study and extended life experience—all elements associated with academics and scholarly pursuit. In the effort to simplify the Gospel, many offer explanations that are plain and uncomplicated, while others share material that is overly charged with emotion. Given their goals to maintain such values as neutrality, objectivity and professionalism, scholars tend to avoid stating their personal convictions, their heartfelt beliefs in GOD, or their spiritual experiences that derive from the presence of GOD through faith.

      Just as sin cannot be eliminated from a person’s life (and our prisons cannot be emptied and shut down) simply on the basis of “common sense,” debate, logic, and reason, the salvation of GOD through Jesus cannot be understood and fully received into a person’s life simply by intellectual exercise (dialogue, research, study). Rightly understood, sin is no material or spirit “thing” that has been created by GOD. Sin has neither “dimension” nor “substance;” yet, sin has “effect”, “direction” and “presence”. Sin may dominate the will of created beings and living creatures; however, sin has no influence upon the will of GOD. Sin opposes the continuing existence of GOD, and all that GOD has Created.

      Among many, many things, the Gospel teaches that, through Jesus Christ, mankind receives an added measure of the Spirit of GOD. This imparted, indwelling spirit, transforms human nature, and, releases mankind from sin as a continuing aspect of existence. To actually understand the Gospel, ones spiritual awareness must be reconfigured, and so we say, one must be “born again.”

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, GOD is a spirit, sin is not. Apart from GOD, created beings and living creatures DO NOT detect sin as something foreign or separate, and destructive of their own being. Therefore, they account all of their own attitudes, behavior and conduct to such elements as appetite, desire, chance, destiny, pride, and self-control. Saying this another way:  most of us accept and approve sin believing that we are acting normal, and “just being ourselves.”) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.   Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC