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Marriage is used to speak of love and GOD, today, also, there is more on whether Jesus will return in flesh or spirit.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Ardin” (Level 3 with 1,400 points, a member since February 6, 2010) posted the following:


Is it possible to want to love and be loved by God and not be able to?

If you’re not a Christian, that’s done but this question is directed at those who are. I’m wondering. Is it possible to not be able to love God/ feel His love?


THE BATTLE AXE:  The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013)—By the Advent or Second Coming, the inarguable authority, excellence, power and sovereignty of GOD will be displayed through the person of Jesus commanding the holy angels and harvesting the earth of those who are his partners in covenant.  Christ will appear in flesh, however, consecrated, sanctified, and not to be touched.  Believers are to meet him in the air, because the earth will be polluted by the blood of its slain.  By continuing incarnation, and through use of final judgment and the second death, the revelation of divinity will continue, that will further discipline, instruct and groom mankind for eternal life with GOD and Christ.  See Acts 1:  9-11, John 4:  23-24 and Revelation 1:  10-18, King James Version.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee:  though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid:  for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.  Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.  And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.  Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things:  this is known in all the earth.  Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion:  for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.  (Isaiah 12:  1-6, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Feeling Loved By GOD (06/16/2013); To Find A True Christian (06/17/2013); The Church as a Bride? (05/15/2013); How Do I Repent? (05/16/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013)

Ardin, here are some points acknowledged as useful by many Christian believers:

(1)  Development of a mature and satisfying relationship with GOD is not accomplished instantaneously, or “in a flash.”  True, in baptism a  believer dies, is buried, is raised from the dead, and is reborn all in a single sacred event.  However, once born again, the believer must acquire new knowledge, face various challenges, disappointments, frustrations and problems (we say, growing pains), practice to sharpen new skills, and reflect upon their experiences to become confident, full-grown and stable.

(2)  Marriage is one of many devices used to clarify and illustrate devotion to GOD through Jesus Christ.  (Others are adoption, discipleship, friendship, prophecy, stewardship, and rebirth from divine DNA.)  The relationship as life companions may begin through affection, care, curiosity, or mutual attraction, yet may only continue to the point of bearing fruit through commitment, conviction, and the joining of separate spirits.

(3)  Many err by bringing fantasies, passions, and unrealistic expectations to marriage, particularly with regard to responsibility, romance and  “love”.  Often in marriage, it requires as much as 30 years to expose and exchange intimate secrets that could otherwise have been spoken or completed in only 30 minutes.  Trust and unity are achieved only by years of preparation, trial and error, stopping and starting again.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  Marriage, where partners encounter problems, learn, and prosper together, is not a perfect example for describing new life in Christ.  For in the sacred processes of redemption and salvation, one partner must continue to accept inner change and differences that include interference by sin, while the other is incorruptible, unchanging and is invulnerable and unconquerable by sin.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Conspiracy, sin, and the Tower of Babel are topics, today.  Also, there is more on finding a true Christian.  The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using ID “exs” (Level 5 with 9,932 points, a member since June 4, 2012) posted the following:


What is the deal with the tower of babel…god didn’t like people working together so he made it so they?

couldn’t get along, or was it as the bible says, that we would become gods if we worked together. Is god attacking people so we won’t work together. Is world peace against god’s plan


THE BATTLE AXE:  To Find A True Christian? (06/17/2013)—True Christians are those who continually confess that they are imperfect and incomplete without GOD.   Such believers correctly acknowledge that their love, their obedience, their reverence, their prayers, their service, their understanding, their worship all miss the mark, and are unacceptable to GOD without the grace divinity supplies.  Many are beset with sin that appears to be no sin, that is, ambition, envy, immaturity, lack of focus, and pride.  All Christian believers are in a process of divine transformation from mortal to immortal and incorruptible.  As such all are in transition, and continue as “works in progress.”  Sincerity and zeal are not acceptable measures for deciding a “true Christian.”  Many are sincere in their belief of false doctrine, errors, heresy, and lies.  (See Isaiah 66:  1-5, Philippians 3:  7-14 and Matthew 9:  10-13, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.  All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits.  Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.  Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORDthough hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.  By mercy and truth iniquity is purged:  and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.  (Proverbs 16:  1-6, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); GOD Hiding in Plain Sight (03/26/2013); (12/20/2011) Girdle 35:  The Framework Of Unity; (08/19/2011) Dispatch 11:  Peace (Hand in Hand); Bad Company? (02/10/2011); Conspiracy? (12/08/2010); Lost Faith? (12/09/2010)

“exs”, here are some important points acknowledged by many mature Christian believers as shared from GOD through Jesus Christ:

1)  Sin cannot be correctly detected and resisted by created beings and living creatures without various spiritual devices and tools provided by Almighty GOD.  Included are anointed leaders, divine law, righteous testimony, holy proclamations, sacred promise, prophecy, the holy writings, and the living examples of those who serve in ministry.

2)  Sin was first detected among the holy angels; however sin has neither being nor substance, and is not made up of any physical or spirit matter.   We say, sin is “no-thing;” yet, sin opposes the existence of divine law (i.e., the expressed will of GOD), the continued being of the Law Giver, and the continued existence of all under the authority and protection of the Law.  Sin may dominate self-will in created beings and living creatures; however, sin cannot alter or influence the will of GOD.

3)  Mankind was created to inhabit and maintain the entire earth.  The sons of Noah were to overspread the earth, and fulfill the first commission (be fruitful, multiply, and replenish).  However, mankind became committed to defiance and rebellion by working together to create a tower upon the earth that would allow access to heaven in case of another destroying flood.  Babel became a magnet and center (we say, city) to all.  Multiple offenses against GOD were committed thereby, including conspiracy, disobedience, idolatry, lack of faith, pride, self-promotion, and unbelief.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 4)  The earth has been created by GOD, while the world has been the creation of mankind.  The world is a necessary human system for communication, exchange of resources, meeting shared challenges, solving shared problems, and survival.  Included in the world are culture, entertainment, history, medicine, politics, science and technology.  Because the world also embraces defilement of spirit, human error, and sin, the world repeatedly generates conflict between mankind and his Maker.  However, peace is not the outcome of conflict and war; peace comes only by restoration of order and the settlement of dispute through law, that is, by judgment.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Whether atheists may go to heaven or not is considered, today, along with more on the errors of King Solomon.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jose” (Level 2 with 283 points, a member since July 12, 2012) posted the following:

Do you agree with the pope on saying that athiest can go to heaven?

Do you think that as long as that person is good, or at least generally good (I can not see no one breaking a couple of sins and especially the very unusual sins in the bible that we brake), despite them not believing in god can go to heaven?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Errors of King Solomon? (06/13/2013)—  (6)  For many, Solomon’s marriage to Pharaoh’s daughter is no different than Joseph’s marriage to an Egyptian, the priestess of On.  While the most important purpose of the holy writings is to manifest a revelation of divine nature, the process of the Scriptures is to detail human nature and the responses of created beings to divine events.  David and Solomon are not examples to Christian believers because of their excellent service as kings, their accomplishments, deeds of the flesh, or fulfillment of the law.  The two are significant because GOD is using their faith and humanity to make sacred truth visible  that would otherwise be hidden (see John 2:  23-25, Romans 4:  1-3, Romans 3:  19-28 and 2nd Corinthians 4:  6-11, KJV).  (7)  In spite of the fact that Solomon received the throne as heir to David, he and “the house of David” were heirs to the curses and troubles that came upon David.  See 2nd Samuel 12:  1-15, 1st Kings 14:  7-11 and 2nd Kings 17:  6-24, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious:  but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.  And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.  (1st Timothy 1:  12-17, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Those Who Never Heard? (06/07/2013); If You Are Sent…? (06/08/2013); The “Jesus Way”? (05/17/2013); An Earth to Fix A Heaven? (05/18/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); By Grace (09/04/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); (12/18/2011) Girdle 33:  The Nearness of GOD; (12/19/2011) Girdle 34:  The Life Was The Light


Jose, here are some points that encourage Christian believers to make a cautious response:

(1)  Created beings and living creatures experience various sacred events that occur because of the existence of divinity.  In the same way they had no active role or input regarding Creation, these have no active role and input regarding other divine operations, sacred processes, and eternal purposes.  Included are apocalypse, death, judgment, rebirth, repentance, resurrection, revelation, salvation, and sanctification.

(2)  While it is planned that believers will participate in a broad range of “good works” pre-determined by GOD, one cannot work their way into heaven, or earn a place by behavior, conduct, and speech.  Included here are acts of kindness, donating money, church attendance, fundraising, and practice of sacraments.  See Matthew 5:  16, Ephesians 2:  10 and 1st Corinthians 13:  1-3, King James Version.

(3)  Fellowship with GOD is not achieved through academic, intellectual and mental operations that occur within finite frameworks of human awareness.  To the extent believing is a internal act composed of feeling, thought and self-will (we also say,  choice, decision-making, and volition), believing qualifies as no more than a “good work”.   More necessary than human ambition, desire and hope, being accepted by GOD turns on grace, divine prerogative, and sovereign authority.  See Ephesians 2:  1-9, KJV.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4)  Atheism, idolatry, many other human philosophies, and sin are empty (we also say, vain), and contain no spirit substance that they may influence Almighty GOD.  Of themselves they have no power to please or displease; and they are not amusing, clever or useful.  As crutches and supports maintained by emotion, imagination and pride, they may dominate awareness and self-will in the created.  Believers are encouraged to see how the possibilities for release and recovery of others whom they condemn as non-believers is no different than that provided for themselves; and is therefore a further revelation of exalted love and righteousness.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Focus today is upon David and Solomon as flawed leaders who continue to be useful to GOD, and more on wholeness of the Bible despite “missing” information.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “pray for the world.” (Level 7 with 69,028 points, a member since April 15, 2011) posted the following:


Does it make sense that King Solomon married the Pharaoh’s daughter…..?

considering that he was the King of Israel and should know the law, not to intermarry with the heathen. Not only that he built her a lavish house. So this was the first sign his decisions were leading to trouble it seems?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Missing Information (06/12/2013)— (5)  From Genesis through Revelation, a believer’s focus when reading the holy writings must be directed to identifying the purposes, presence and action of Almighty GOD.   The reader is challenged to discern and recognize answers to such questions as how is the Holy Spirit present in this account?  What are the sacred operations demonstrated here (e.g., anointing, atonement, confession, covenant, forbearance, forgiveness, judgment, repentance, revelation, salvation, sanctification)?  How is sacred tradition acknowledged, complained against, continued, depicted, or put right?  The angels, animals (e.g., Balaam’s donkey that spoke), major and minor human actors, aspects of the natural world (e.g., hills, rocks, waters), and sacred beasts of heaven all serve as devices to reveal the exalted person of GOD as the source of all being and existence.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:  And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:  And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces:  for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:  (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel:)  Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.  Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand:  but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes:  But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.  And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.  And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.  And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.  And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.  Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam.  And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.  (1st Kings 11:  29-40, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit (01/04/2013); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); Translation, Please… (01/11/2013); The Priesthood of Kings (10/17/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012)

“pray for the world.”, here are some points most mature Christian believers share with those who are teachable, and who truly want to learn and understand the Scriptures:

(1)  Accounts, events, the people described, and even the statements quoted in the holy writings are figures and shadows used to suggest peculiar truths surrounding divinity, and are not always accurate, exact, literal, and precise.  More than this, things carnal, material, social and visible are repeatedly used to describe things that are totally spirit in their nature and operation.

(2)  Just as we, today, must experience change and growth in spiritual awareness and understanding, and only arrive at balance, consistency and stability following growing pains, practice, and recovery from errors, figures in the Scriptures all display ambivalence (i.e., being drawn in opposite or multiple directions at the same time), human error, infirmity, and self-contradiction.

(3)  Multiple marriage often appears in the Scriptures as a political device for nations to establish affiliation and treaties for mutual assistance and defense.  Romantic love has little to do with these “practical” arrangements for exchanging, controlling, and securing resources.  (See 1st King 11:  1-4, KJV.)

(4)  The inheritance to Solomon was not simply that of a political ruler.  His spiritual inheritance as leader to Israel included covenants, a role as prophet, and a priesthood that went all the way back to Adam.  In the same way we see David flawed, opposed by sin, yet used by GOD to show divinity as active and present, we see Solomon used to make sin visible in contrast to the righteousness of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5)  Just as we don’t usually catch our own mistakes until after we have taken the wrong action, and often must be told that we are in error; both David and Solomon held many incorrect ideas.  David believed that Solomon was the offspring from his loins who would maintain an everlasting kingdom in accordance with promises from GOD.  David conceived only an earthly dynasty; and his Unified Kingdom embracing the twelve tribes was dissolved by Rehoboam, the son of Solomon—after only two generations.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Focus, today, is upon the church as the “bride of Christ” and whether that title applies to the practice of homosexuality as an aspect of Christian belief. Also, there is more on TV portrayals of GOD that raise questions about divine immortality. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “flutter” (Level 6 with 12,680 points, a member since June 6, 2006) posted the following:


If the church is supposed to be considered the bride of Christ does that mean?

that christian men are gay


THE BATTLE AXE: Can GOD Die? (05/14/2013)—(6.) Television programs that offer ghost stories, horror tales, and supernatural thrillers cannot be trusted as sources for divine truth, sacred doctrine, and genuine spiritual insight. While many Christians regard TV fare as harmless and useful for sharpening the mind like brainteasers and crossword puzzles, others realize many dangerous presentations are broadcast that contain corruption, distraction from performing ones duties, encouragement of complaining and violence, half-truth, hidden messages, lies, poison, and open thrusts against sound belief. Their danger to young and developing minds is that they also introduce assumptions and false truths relied upon for emotional, psychological and spiritual strength that can not be removed without severe disruption and damage. New believers and those recently “born again” are encouraged to carefully reexamine their amusements, break some favorite habits for entertainment, or even completely avoid their old pleasures. As with science fiction, viewers must employ the mental device common to most story-telling called “a willing suspension of unbelief.” Such programs present the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the principles for righteousness given by GOD using errors, exaggerations, and unbalanced extremes. The various shared purposes among the actors, film crew, writers and others often center in arousing the sexual appetite of viewers, exploitation of human weaknesses, generating fear as a device to ensure excitement, self-promotion, and dispersing “the leaven of the Pharisees.” See Psalm 1: 1, 1st Peter 2: 1-3, Colossians 2: 18-29, 1st Corinthians 13: 1-13 and Luke 12: 1-5, King James Version. (7.) According to the standards for Christian believers, angels, the divine tool of death, demons and devils actually do exist. However, the fictional accounts that portray death as a man, a heroic figure, or a god are little different from the stories and tales that advance the Devil and other unclean spirits as exercising divine authority, and power. In fantasies, spirit beings may be used to display a mix of animal and human behavior at the same time, and so are repeatedly depicted as monsters. Characters that exhibit only blasphemy, defiance, rebellion and spiritual confusion properly are seen as abnormal, deformed, imperfect, powerless, ungodly, unnatural, and weak. No created being or living creature will ever have sufficient authority, content, knowledge, or power to end divine being and the existence of GOD. See Deuteronomy 32: 39-43, James 2: 19 and 1st John 4: 1-3, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. (Malachi 2: 11-15, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: When Jesus Comes Back? (04/19/2013); What’s The Way Out? (04/20/2013); Girdle 5: Of Trust (11/20/2011); Binder 43: The Holy City (11/09/2011); Binder 41: Access to GOD (11/07/2011); Written Above? (02/18/2011); GOD’s Favorite? (02/19/2011)

      “flutter”, here are some points acknowledged by many mature Christian believers who are continuing to carefully examine the claims made by GOD upon mankind through Jesus Christ:

(1.) A bride is to be a life companion within a human relationship founded in choice, courtship and dating, divine/mature guidance, respect, shared purpose, and trust. Arbitrary and erratic features of human experience are dampened and removed through commitment, faithfulness, stability, and truth.

(2.) As the bride of Christ, the church serves as a confidant, an intimate partner, and a “sounding board” to sacred goals, divine operations, and eternal truths. The church is a beloved and primary co-worker with Christ in various roles of ministry to the earth. Included are apostle, comforter, family, healer, herald, judge, leader, model (i.e., example), pastor, prophet, spokesperson, and teacher.

(3.) While sexual behavior has great power to determine content, duration, fertility, prosperity, quality of life, and success for many human relationships, the salvation of GOD through Jesus Christ cannot be acquired or maintained on the basis of desires, lusts, and sexual practices. All believers upon the earth are privileged to share in the duties of a divine priesthood from the heavens. For maximum effectiveness, believers hold to strong discipline, giving, focused practice, prayer, study, and watchfulness. Together these remove spiritual confusion generated by the world as well as such obstacles to faith as self-contradiction, error, folly, inconsistency, irreverence, and pride.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Ones bride is also their partner for claiming their own inheritance, for lawfully bringing forth offspring, for endowing and equipping ones offspring to receive, preserve and continue the shared heritage, and for overcoming the challenges and limits of mortality such as corruption, fear, isolation, pain, poverty, and sickness.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Whether Christian belief is primarily by emotions and feelings are the topic, today, along with more on family as a divine tool. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Daniel” (Level 5 with 5,666 points, a member since January 20, 2013) posted the following:

True or False: The only reason Christians accept Jesus’ story is because it appeals to them emotionally?

THE BATTLE AXE: A Family Affair? (04/01/2013)—(8.) The immutable and unchanging aspects of marriage and family derive from operations of the Spirit of GOD that establish spiritual union for couples with one another, and for a sacred bond to GOD. Marriage and family thus pertain to the inner spirit of mankind; and are not merely carnal, material, sexual and social. (9.) As a divine tool, family provides continuity in relationship to the Holy whereby the eternal word of GOD is accomplished despite the temporal existence of individual persons. Thus, birthright, dynasty and inheritance effect proclamation, promise, prophecy and a broad array of sacred purposes. Included are admonition, adoption, confession, judgment, and revelation. (10.) While the human institution of family may be defended, disciplined, encouraged, given instruction and nourished by the divine institution, the church, human family is ineffective as an instrument of GOD because of diversity, secular emphasis, emotionalism, lack of unity, partiality, pride, and spiritual confusion. Answers for family are greater than answers from family. (11.) In a Christian home, the husband is accountable as head of the household, and along with his spouse is the agent and spokesperson of GOD to their children. The children are respected as both a gift from GOD, and an offering to please and serve GOD (See Deuteronomy 6: 4-9, Psalms 127: 1-5, Proverbs 17: 6 and Matthew 19: 14, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (2nd Corinthians 7: 8-11, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); A Second Adam? (03/25/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Not Even Sorry? (03/10/2013); What to Take Literally (03/11/2013); The Love of GOD (03/03/2013); Our Need For a Son (03/04/2013); Love in Christ (10/23/2012); Unexceptional Beginnings (11/22/2012); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012)

      Daniel, there are many things that must be carefully understood, here, from a godly point of view. Don’t hesitate to go to GOD in prayer, and ask for assistance as you consider the following:

(1.) Shared feelings and experiences of emotion are a legitimate dimension of fellowship with GOD. Joy, sorrow and wrath against sin bind Christian believers to one another, the holy angels, and all the persons within the GODhead (Father, Son and Holy Ghost).

(2.) Moses was drawn to the burning bush by curiosity, not by ambition to become a spiritual leader, desire to become a prophet, hunger for a spiritual experience, or motivation to have an encounter with GOD (Genesis 3: 1-5, KJVJ). Like appetite (hunger, thirst, craving for sexual contact), sensation (e.g., hearing, tasting, touching), and mental function (e.g., imagination, thought, and memory), the human aspect of feelings can serve as a “starting point” for ones journey of discovery for the things from GOD. However, because feeling is temporal (i.e., endures only for a limited period), feelings cannot be the foundation for identity as a child of GOD. Anger—that resulted in Moses” not being allowed to set foot upon the Promised Land—bitterness, doubt and fear are also very powerful as feelings, and are poor platforms for experience of Christ.

(3.) Feeling is transformed through operations of the Holy Spirit such that their meaning and value appear as if generated from outside of a believer. Thus, a believers “hope” is a matter of what he is commanded to expect (e.g., the coming of Jesus), rather than what he desires (I hope for a car, a house, a better job, a wife, etc.) Many having a “root of bitterness” and anger against GOD, appear calm, quiet, or studious on the surface. Yet, their spirit substance is in turmoil. (See Hebrews 12: 14-16, KJV.)

(4.) While baptism demonstrates the truth that believers die and are re-born from divine DNA, so to speak, many endure “growing pains” and spiritual confusion, because there are so many “unchanged” features in their new life. Those who were right-handed, remain right-handed; those who were left-handed, continue as left-handed. Believers continue with carnal, material and social challenges. The new nature from GOD is to be realized as spiritual awareness, divine content (e.g., faith, holiness, humility, longsuffering, wisdom), and sacred purpose.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Spiritual maturity and perfection does not come “overnight.” The process of GOD for mankind in the earth requires a full realization of mortality (i.e., death and resurrection) before the bestowal of incorruptibility and immortality.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The divine meaning and use of family is the topic, today, along with more on resurrection of the body. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “A British Atheist” (Level 5 with 7,479 points, a member since April 26, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, why are you not protecting these family values?

We hear of so many Christians claiming “Marriage is a god given union for man and woman”. Yet for some reason you seem to miss out a few other family values that God has given.

Let’s take a look at them:


Deu 21:10-13 States men are allowed to take beautiful women from war and marry them.

Deu:15-17 Describes how to handle more than one wife in a marriage.

Deu 25: States a wife must marry her husband’s brother in law if her husband dies.

Now so many of you are going to claim that these are the rules of the old testament. However Jesus clearly states they still apply in Mathew 5:17

So Christians, why do you continue to cherry pick your family values? Also, why are you not defending these family values?

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@mopar Mike: I am not condoning anything. I just do not know why Christians are not defending these God given values?


THE BATTLE AXE: Suddenly Absent, Suddenly Present (03/31/2013)—(7.) The form for mankind that we call “the body” may exist apart from the divinely given spirit (e.g., at funerals). In the same way, the divinely given spirit may exist apart from the body, and at the completion of mortality, the spirit returns to GOD who gave it (Ecclesiastes 8: 8, 9: 5-6, and 12: 7, KJV). (8.) Conjunction of body and spirit results in the living soul (Genesis 2: 7, KVJ). Each living soul displays unique patterns of consciousness, emotion, and thought that establish its being as person. Person does not exist apart from the living soul. The spirit of the wicked may return to GOD at their death, however, their person does not exist again until resurrection of the wicked for judgment (Proverbs 18: 5, Matthew 13: 47-50 and Revelation 20: 11-15, KJV). (9. ) Thus, for the righteous, resurrection of the body pertains to eternal life, for a perfected spirit must reside within a perfected body. Through the perfected spirit, the perfected person of the righteous also will contain the fullness of divine law. It is in this sense that resurrected believers and those written in the Lamb’s book of life will replace the Temple in the heavens. (See 1st Corinthians 6: 19 and 15: 51-55; also Revelation 21: 1-27, KJV.) (10.) For mankind, the resurrection of the body pertains to the inclusion of glory in the makeup of human person. This is demonstrated by both the resurrection and the Second Coming of Jesus displaying the fullness of all divine glory (Matthew 25: 31, Luke 9: 25-27, 2nd Thessalonians 2: 13-14 and 2nd Timothy 2: 10-13, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6: 6-10, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); After the Rapture? (11/01/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Why Courage? (10/14/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); Grandchildren? (03/23/2011); A To Do List (03/24/2011); For The Young (01/24/2011); Responsibility? (01/25/2011); Teen Believers? (10/07/2010)

      The answers from an American who is a mature Christian believer, will probably be totally foreign to you, for they come out of faith and extensive spiritual experience in what you might call “the real world.” Without help from Christ, you won’t understand a word. Even so, please consider the following points:

(1.) The institution known among modern men as “family” is not the creation of GOD, and has been developed as an aspect of the World system. Unlike divine creations such as the earth and humanity, The World is the creation of mankind, and is a set of interconnected devices and meanings to exchange resources, and ensure survival.

(2.) The World supplies definitions and values to preserve human life. Included are such labels as beautiful/ugly, fair/unfair, false/true, good/bad, hip/square, holy/unholy, intelligent/stupid, right/wrong, righteous/unrighteous, real/unreal and scientific/unscientific.

(3.) The Flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, sexual cravings; sense such as hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting; and mental functions such as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall) also supplies labels and values as does the Devil (i.e., created beings and living creatures that oppose the sovereignty of GOD), and as does GOD.

(4.) The Gospel of Jesus Christ centers in the transformation of mankind through such divine process as birth, death, judgment, re-birth, repentance, revelation, resurrection and sanctification. Born again through divine DNA, so to speak, believers are “new creatures” (called “the children of God,” “saints” or “sons and daughters of GOD”). Born-again, these must mature again, endure “growing pains,” and continue in a process being perfected through the spirit of GOD.

(5.) Relationships (including covenants and priesthood) and law among mankind are shown to develop, and progress in the Old Testament by displaying thousands of lives over thousands of years. Adam and Eve were a single person before GOD, and were used as an instrument to people the earth. Reproduction among their offspring was not incest or in violation of divine law.

(6.) For mature Christian believers, both marriage and divorce are emblems (badges, representations) of divine authority (What GOD has joined together, let no man put asunder.). The contract for marriage is in force until mortality is completed; thus, death appears as a divine instrument applied for dissolving the divine spiritual union.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (7.) spiritual affiliation and relationships for the people of GOD in Christ are by the imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD, called the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, and the Spirit of Truth. Often, ones carnal, material and social family, friends, spouses, etc. have no part in their new life from GOD. See Luke 14: 25-27, KJV.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Today, I share some ideas that came to me with disturbing power as I was reflecting upon current efforts to establish legislation on marriage equality, and the many hidden meanings and invisible sacred purposes of divine law. There is no Battle Axe presentation:


 
THE GOLDEN ARROW: Can the rush grow up without mire? can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrite’s hope shall perish: Whose hope shall be cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web. He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure. (Job 8: 11-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Justice Comes By Love? (10/01/2012); A Daily Revelation? (10/02/2012); Wrong To Love? (08/17/2012); The Young Less Religious (08/18/2012); Marriage and Civil Law (08/14/2012); Apostasy Forgiven? (08/15/2012); Faith Establishes Law (03/10/2012); Support For The Bible (03/11/2012)

The crux of the matter:

     Many created beings and living creatures see all law and judgment as arbitrary overlays upon existence. They hold that law, law enforcement (policing) and judgment are not defining elements that make us what, and who we are. In their view, all would be as well off, if not better, without law. Knowledge provided through the law may be dismissed and disregard, and action commanded by the law may be ignored, refused and left undone. Since law may be broken, corrupted, unknown and violated, law cannot be binding, and is, therefore, superfluous and unnecessary.

     The present referendums and other legislative initiatives to establish “marriage equality,” should be understood as dangerous, because they do not completely and correctly expose the underlying issues regarding the place of GOD in human culture, law, and daily living. To legislate that GOD has no place in determining the identity, process and substance of mankind, is to dismiss all divine law.

     Were they asked to vote that (1) Mankind is never again to acknowledge Almighty GOD as the source of law for life, (2) Mankind is capable of creating righteous laws that can guide human behavior and conduct, and correctly meet the broad range of requirements for human life (e.g., emotional, psychological and spiritual needs) without appealing to GOD for correction and supervision, and (3) issues of civil right, parity and participation are exclusively within the domain of humankind. citizens of enlightened states would realize immediately, the thrust against GOD is not coming from GOD, nor from those in submission to GOD as believers.

     The wet cannot be separated from the water: There are many unspoken arguments that GOD is not to be the sole source of law. That divine law does not offer sufficient benefit. That the nature of divine law is destructive; such law, by existing at all, accuses and condemns. That there is to be no penalty for denial of divine law. That divine law is intrusion and meddling by GOD. That the allowances and privileges men grant to themselves and to one another cannot be canceled, nullified, or removed except by consensual human legislation. That we are correct to pursue the ideal of perfect self-government called “anarchy.” That human law need make no provision for divine promise.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, many of the articles above were advanced and practiced during the French Revolution, and go back to the rebellion in Heaven. The wonderful counsel of GOD pertains to life, death, error and truth. None may insist with integrity that Church and State address completely distinct, and separate matters, or that men and women trained to serve as impartial, secular “machines,” properly recognize and respond to the spirit content within life issues.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     The importance of courage to ones Christian walk, and more on family and romance are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ryan M” (Level 1 with 125 points, a member since January 30, 2007) posted the following:

Why is courage so important in a Christ-follower’s life?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Family and Romance? (10/13/2012)—Family as a social institution used by men is not the same as family when used as a divine spiritual tool.  Issues we now know as incest, property rights, and sibling rivalry were not known during Adam’s lifetime.  Thus, the account of Abel slain by his brother Cain actually centers on the acceptable models of priesthood and sacrifice provided from heaven for the earth, and to all mankind.  Today, in the United States, most communities provide children and family courts to resolve the many conflicts, and disputes that occur among those bound together through blood and law.  Earlier, order and structure within families as well as among and between families was on the basis of individual skills, animal instinct, and personal power, rather than mechanisms for impartiality such as courts and law.  Many continue to practice the “old ways,” however they encounter increasing opposition.  Among Christian believers, such scriptural and unwritten rules continue to be observed, including (1) all  must encourage, and nourish the integrity and soundness of body, mind and spirit for every member of the family as for themselves; (2) just as sexual intimacy is forbidden, and the “privacy” of others are to be protected, violence against ones parents, brothers, sisters and other family is outlawed; (3) none will hinder, meddle with or oppress other family members to block their success, deny their faith, suppress their spiritual growth, or cut off fulfillment of their chosen duties; and (4) one may become distanced from family through time and space, however, the bond is to be respected by all as unbreakable even by death.  The spirit content of blood is being and life. The spirit content of law is divine will and truth.  The spirit content of marriage is union.  Just as all are made free from sin by death, all are made free from marriage, law, family and commitment.  Through the mechanisms of duty and inheritance, the bond of family continues in effect, transcending blood and law, and is anchored in shared truth.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.  When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.  Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.  Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies:  for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.  I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.  Wait on the LORD:  be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:  wait, I say, on the LORD.  (Psalms 27:  9-14, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); On Being Careful (02/13/2012); Grounded In Love (12/13/2011); About Zeal (02/17/2011); Awesomeness? (12/19/2010); Born With Sin? (12/20/2010)

Here are some thoughts shared among mature Christian believers:
For many “courage” means a state of emotion where one does not feel anxiety, fear, nervousness or worry.  Apprehension is not present, where one anticipates damage, disgrace, loss, or pain; and so, one feels free and uninhibited when approaching duty, or life challenges and problems.  As an emotion, courage is temporal; it only lasts for a time; and it comes and goes.  For those just beginning to investigate and learn the things of GOD through Christ, courage is necessary as a form of strength that fosters dialogue, learning and reflection.  Many questions must be posed, and one must be willing to expose the depth of their own beliefs and understandings.

For the believer who has been reborn through baptism, the need is not for courage and emotion; instead, there must be “holy boldness,” balance, and “fear of the Lord.”  Like faith, joy, humility and wrath against sin, holy boldness is a content of divine being (sometimes we say “divine DNA), and is inseparable from other sacred substance such as holiness, righteousness, truth and wisdom.  The imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD must be present that makes possible a believers approach and entrance into the Divine Presence.

“Fear of the Lord” is reverence, right respect, and the correct awareness of GOD called “awe”.  Access to GOD begins with things that are impersonal and remote such as doctrine, law, proclamation and Scripture.  Needed strength to approach sovereign truths that are invisible and otherwise unknown are supplied through the ministry of Jesus, that equip and prepare believers for personal experiences of GOD, including healing, prayer, and prophetic visions.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, “the fearful” (also called “cowards”) are classed with idolaters, murderers, sorcerers, whoremongers, the unbelieving, and all liars (see Revelation 21:  7-8, KJV).  Christian belief is not a matter of “gambling” or foolish risk-taking; however, there are many unseen attackers and unexpected enemies, a darkness that opposes spiritual growth, that may be described as “facing the unknown”.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Ones duty concerning the romantic relationships of family members are the topic, today, along with more on whether Christians live by a “double standard.” The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “justwondering” (Level 2 with 806 points, a member since July 12, 2010) posted the following:

Should I show interest in the romantic life of family members?

I have two older relative (a mother and aunt) who are terrible at staying in a relationship. So every year it’s like they have a new man. I don’t know how to respond. I REALLY don’t care and don’t want to know details, but I don’t want to seem cold, so I usually ask for details about who they are dating and such. But it always feels so uncomfortable. How do you think they want me to respond. Just mind my own business or act interested in their personal life?

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I also have a gay brother. I especially am not interested in the details of his life. But I know that creates a wall between us.


THE BATTLE AXE: Double Standard? (10/12/2012)—The Christian believer is to be “in the world,” and not “of the world.” This means, believers acknowledge common needs, interdependence and shared conditions with those who are not believers. Yet, believers stand out as spiritual persons and not products of the circumstances, environment, influences and pressures that exist around, and outside of themselves. The believer is not self-centered, self-serving or unfeeling toward others. A re-born believer holds to and applies doctrine and teachings provided by GOD through the holy writings. As a result, their behavior and conduct often is characterized as strange and unfriendly to those who do not know Christ. It remains, while in the world, believers serve Jesus who is in heaven by faith, practice, sacraments, service and studies that make the Divine Person known, and present through living deeds. As instruments of sacred purpose and vessels with the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, Christian believers further cleanse and preserve mankind, and function as the “salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5: 10-16, KJV).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Proverbs 1: 8-9, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Wrong To Love? (08/17/2012); The Young Less Religious? (08/18/2012); Birth Control and Sexism? (03/16/2012); Binder 23: We Cry, Abba (10/20/2011); Monogamy? (11/29/2010); Appetite (10/14/2010)

    
     Be encouraged. Here are some thoughts that have been shared with Christian believers that may help:

      As family members, we have various levels of duty to one another that include expanding and extending the family as a unit through the relationships we may enter as individuals. Included here are adoption, marriage, and participation in fraternity and sorority commitments. Outside of the blood whereby they are bound in relationship, two structures of divine law (adoption and marriage) are the primary permanent and “unbreakable” relationships from GOD intended to provide continuous life companionship. Inheritance is made secure through blood and law. Both marriage and divorce serve as “badges” and emblems of divine authority (the two are one flesh; what GOD has joined together, let no man put asunder…). Where family members are immature, selfish or deny and are unaware of their duties, the Christian believer must be prepared to teach through example, distance, and in silence that will reduce conflict and dysfunction.

      Rightly carried out, the family itself is an endowment and wealth that serves as foundation for a child’s growth and life accomplishment. Children are all accounted as being in poverty because they control no goods, income, real property or savings. With the nourishment, protection and support of ones family shared resources are available to all minor and adult members as well that should include dignity, faith, honor, loyalty, reputation, respect, and unity. Christian believers are made sons and daughters of GOD through operations of the Holy Spirit spoken of as “adoption.” The continuing ministry of Jesus Christ as Risen Lord is the believer’s embrace into the family of GOD.

      Many having reached an age of accountability for emotional, sexual and spiritual choices do not acknowledge the authority of parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or the authority of older siblings as when younger. Correction of problems in attitude, behavior and conduct cannot be accomplished by simply angry displays, avoidance, commanding change, threatening punishment, or withholding affection. Even so, counsel may be shared as expression of genuine concerns, ones own needs in relationship, and personal truth. A believer may make frequent prayer requests for balance, clarity, and self-control to continue in family relationships without bias, condemnation and prejudice. However, commitment to Christ demands one be prepared to accept that, where family members insist upon opposing their faith, salvation and sacred service to GOD, there also must be a conditional separation from those who do not believe.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, unlike the goals for courtship that leads to marriage, the goals for romantic relationships often center upon fantasy and the answering of ones sexual appetite. As with hunger and thirst, sexual appetite cannot be reduced and removed completely through imagination, logic, reason and other operations of the mind. Even in marriage, where ones spirit is joined to a single spirit, a conflict for inner control occurs. By fornication, the joining of ones spirit through sexual activity (as simple as holding hands, or a kiss on the cheek) one puts at risk their capacity to maintain their own identity and independence in all their relationships, including those within the family structure.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC