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Today, thoughts are shared on death and righteousness within the ministry of salvation provided by Jesus Christ.  Divinity administers death through divine order, sacred law, and as the outworking of gradual processes that are cyclic, predictable, regular, and stable.  While there are many different immediate events (including terrorism) that can be associated with a person’s decease (we say, spoken of as the “cause of death”), death does not usually occur as a sacred event (miracle) expressing the authority and majesty of GOD.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Agree or Disagree? the reason God permitted the September 11, 2001 victims to die was because it was their time to die. If the terrorists?

didn’t use their free will to commit the 9/11 terrorist attack these 2,996 people would have died by other causes.

– God found ways to save those people who were meant to live.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFBG8f-XZcw

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit:  for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.  For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.  Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:  (2nd Corinthians 3:  5-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); The Nature of Death (04/25/2017); The Comfort Through Christ? (01/13/2017); Reflections on Existence (12/19/2016); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013); Why Blood? (04/13/2013); Time Before the Sun? (04/14/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, many speak of death as a one-time event for each created being or living creature that is administered and ruled by GOD through biological or mechanical law and process.  As a result, they also allow for “exceptions to the rule,” the occurrence of specific divine interventions as well as intrusions for divine “arbitrary causes” (e.g., accidents, “blessing (!)” chance, fate, luck, predetermination).  Some even mistakenly speak of death as a tool used with divine law only for punishment, and not also for admonition, correction, and release.  Here are some thoughts you might find useful:

1.  In the understanding of many mature Christian believers, the use of death by divinity pertains to the accomplishment of eternal purposes that appear and are manifest as (1) the Creation, (2) the putting forth of existence, (3) the continuing of life, and (4) the ceaseless motions that are edification and growth.  Death is first introduced in the holy writings as “sleep” that allows a rib to be taken from Adam and be fashioned into a female.

2.  Divine law and sacred process see the continued presence of death among created beings and living creatures as (1) an inseparable condition and requirement for their existence (we say, mortality); (2) an aspect of divine order that influences awareness and self-will within the living; and (3) a tool that breaks off otherwise permanent joining and relationships that oppose the will of GOD (e.g., adultery, bondage, fornication, witchcraft).  The second death (destruction in the Lake of Fire) will be used to eliminate every person and vessel of divine spirit that has been warped by the operations of sin so much that they no longer bear the divine image, and are no longer capable of responding to the sovereign will of GOD.

3.  To say that Christ died so that we may live is to proclaim that, using the seed from Adam, special (yet, lawful) operations have been carried out by divinity to produce an entirely new creation.  Upon the cross, Jesus Christ (an embodiment of both divinity and mankind) also became an embodiment of sin; sin then was destroyed through death; and all who believe in Christ became released from their sins through his death.  For Christian believers, death has become a temporary interruption of eternal life (we again say, sleep).  Spirit content and substance from the makeup of GOD are being imparted to indwell the living.  Included are faith, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Genesis 9:  5-7, King James Version (KJV):  5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man’s brother will I require the life of man.  6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed:  for in the image of God made he man.  7 And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  23-24, KJV:  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GODand not that he should return from his ways, and live?  24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned:  in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Luke 13:  1-5, KJV:  1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  3 I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.)  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, points on deliverance, eternal life, healing, and salvation are shared with a survivor of 911.  A writer using the ID “mark” (Level 1 with no points (0, zero) showing, a member since May 28, 2016) posted the following:

 

Being saved on 9/11 from dying in the towers where I worked some people say is luck,then why 3000 people died?i m sure there is god?ur say?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.  But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift:  for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.  For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 12:  14-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Endurance, Humility and Obedience? (06/04/2017); Events During Final Judgment? (11/28/2016); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Unanswered Prayers? (09/11/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012)

 

“mark”, there are many important life experiences that allow us to realize GOD is active and present among us on the earth.  Included are birth, death of our own children/parents, harvest with abundance and plenty, healing, and sacred events (we say, miracles).  Where a person’s focus is only on the carnal, material, and social elements, they can report having physical “deliverance” from GOD, yet, not be able to say they have “salvation” and “eternal life” that are spiritual.  Things of the flesh include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall), and may be experienced as brief (i.e., temporal), mechanical, and repetitive.  By contrast, the many operations of GOD that respond to our spiritual needs may appear to be one-time events, however, they are vital to our existence and so may be continuous, ongoing, and unseen.  Sinners must be “born again” meaning they must receive deposits of inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom and wrath against sin.  Men do not really “cheat” or escape death simply by having education, good looks, luck, or money.  It is important we believe in the existence of divinity as a “starting point,” and one should go on from there to develop a personal relationship with GOD.  As ordinary men and women, our mortality will be completed through death, or by our being taken up alive to meet Christ at his Advent (the Second Coming, the Rapture).  Our present lifestyle and daily routines can be carried out and display our preparation for the things promised, proclaimed, and prophesied by GOD recorded in the holy writings.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Hebrews 11:  5-7, King James Version (KJV):  5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him:  for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  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.)  John 12:  1-11, KJV:  1 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.  2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served:  but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.  3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair:  and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.  4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,  5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?  6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.  7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone:  against the day of my burying hath she kept this.  8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.  9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there:  and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.  10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;  11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (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.)  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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      Considered today are cults, the benefits of wearing religious items on ones person, and the spiritual issues of owning manufactured tools and technology. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “foxy_R” (Level 1 with 210 points, member since June 24, 2006) posted the following:

When does religion become a cult ?

I know this question will anger some, I am really sorry it’s not ment to. My little sister has joined a religious group through school and in the last 6 months has started to spiral out of controll. We were brought up religious, church on Sundays, ect. Now she is throwing all her things out, she said she is not suppose to have worldly possessions. She broke up with her BF of almost 2 yrs,and has stopped being friends with 90% of her friends because they are “non believers” (even if they are religious) she has to read and write bible verses every day. singing and dancing are sins. I just want my fun loving sister back but the more we try to steer her from this group the more she considers us the enemy. Any suggestions?????

THE BATTLE AXE: On Religious Items (08/29/2012)—Men and women take comfort from many objects used to reinforce awareness of doctrines and teachings of various belief systems. Included are depictions of angels, medals, rosaries, mezuzahs, phylacteries, and prayer rugs. Amulets, good luck charms, and talismans are associated with magic and witchcraft, and not with Christian belief. As such, these are objects that reinforce the superstitious idea that a person is endowed with a unique quality (i.e., luck) that enables them to influence the outcome of events, and that maneuvers every result to their benefit and favor. As an instance of power that is not derived through the Spirit of GOD, luck is to be classed with charms, deceits, enchantments, and spells promoted by demons and devils. In the same way money is an idol in the lives of many, drugs, guns, sex, and other people (for example, celebrities, ones children, ones spouse, ones employer) become idols, because fear and desire distort their true usefulness and value making them appear “all powerful,” controlling, and sovereign over life and death. Those who exaggerate the importance of body parts (breasts, buttocks, penis, etc.) also practice a form of idolatry no different than worship of the lingam, phallic worship, and worship of the yoni. Consecrated items (e.g., the rod of GOD used by Moses; the flesh hooks, ladles, gold and silver vessels, and other utensils used in service at the altar of sacrifice; the holy ground of Tabernacle and Temple) at first were common, and became holy only in the sense that they were to function strictly in divine service. Similarly, a man or woman is holy only to the extent they are filled with the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, function fulfilling sacred purposes, and make the Divine Person present and visible. Christians are correct to respect manufactured tools, and to carefully clean, estimate their value, store, and use them as needed. Included are automobiles, cell phones, computers, firearms, recording devices and televisions. Christians may occasionally wear festive clothing and jewelry; however, women are specially cautioned to never be without the adornment of a spirit that is quiet, and ready to receive instruction from GOD (1st Peter 3: 1-6, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord. It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household? Fear them not therefore: for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matthew 10: 24-28, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Mixing Islam and Christianity (03/26/2012); Girdle 3: Through The Fire (11/18/2011); Dispatch 44: Just A Closer Walk (09/23/2011); To Do His Will? (01/31/2011); Chewing Gum? (01/30/2011)

      While cults may be characterized by dietary laws, dress codes and strict social discipline, the elements that actually mark a group as a cult are its (1) departures from, and exaggerated focus upon selected doctrines and teachings of established belief systems; (2) dependence upon the human characteristics and personality of its leaders–as distinct from their spiritual anointing or divine endowment–who are typically aggressive, combative and defensive; (3) isolation and “quarantine” of its believers in communes, gated communities and “secure” facilities; (4) imbalance between recruitment programs and outreach or service programs for the larger community; (5) efforts to manufacture experiences of divine presence; and (6) that members are not entitled to leave the group.

      Generally, cults do not come under organized campaigns of attack by “mainstream” religious groups. Churches, synagogues and others dismiss their members who drop out to join cults as being apostates, heretics or simply immature and irresponsible persons. The cult is held to be a temporary phenomenon that cannot prosper, or be self-sustaining. Nevertheless, because they are seen as attacks upon civil law, “common sense” practice, customs, and tradition, cults quickly come under the condemnation of communities where they spring up.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, to the extent a cult maintains rules of secrecy they will be characterized as endorsing occult practices, superstition and unbelief. Also, while members of cults may be required to participate in fund raising activity, information regarding income, expenses, and the distribution of money are not routinely shared with donors, members, or government tax authorities.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIXWashington, DC