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The basis for deliverance, judgment, and salvation along with what happens to those who lack knowledge about GOD and Christ are topics, today.  Also, there is more on judgment as an aspect of divine revelation.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Lost Thyme” (Level 5 with 6,365 points, a member since April 11, 2010) posted the following:


What if you live in a place where you’ve never heard of God / Jesus? Will you go to hell?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Teachings on Judgment (06/06/2013)— (6)  In divine judgment, the inner spirit of created beings and living creatures are identified as depicted through life records that detail their behavior and conduct (we say, “deeds” and “works”).  So to speak, all are rated and ranked according to aspects of conformity and likeness to the spiritual image of Christ; and focus is more upon what you are than what you do.  Simply that one attends church, makes donations to charities, or spends hours in prayer is not sufficient for eternal life.  Behavioral dimensions are examined such as authority, consistency, creativity, diligence, dutifulness, faithfulness, honesty, kindness, obedience, selflessness, sincerity, strength, and sweetness.  However, those selected to have permanent existence within the sphere of divine person must also display an acceptable measure of inseparable divine substance.  Thus, in addition to faith, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness, truth and wrath against sin, one of the most important features will be “charity” (also called “love”).  See Matthew 7:  21-23, KJV.  (7)  Like Creation, Judgment is accepted by believers as a defining aspect of what makes GOD a unique Divine Person.   Peace and restoration of order are the products of Judgment, not wars of conquest and expansion.  Judgment is always a benefit and blessing to Creation, for Judgment is the resolution of conflict, and the settlement of disputes through law.  Because law enforcement and rule through law may impose harsh penalties and severe punishment upon those who persist as rebels, many complain against Judgment and defy the law as being arbitrary, cruel, enslaving, excessive, unrighteous, and violent.  With law (the expressed will of GOD), Creation and Judgment will continue long after the destruction of those who oppose the existence of GODhead, and who promote continuing sin as freedom and personal liberty.   See Psalm 37:  1-40, Romans 8:  1-10, 1st Corinthians 13:  1-14, Galatians 5:  13-25, and Nahum 1:  7-9, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;   I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.  And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom:  but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.  And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?   Peradventure there be fifty righteous within the city:  wilt thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?  That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked:  and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee:  Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?  And the LORD said, If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.  And Abraham answered and said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, which am but dust and ashes:  Peradventure there shall lack five of the fifty righteous:  wilt thou destroy all the city for lack of five? And he said, If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.  And he spake unto him yet again, and said, Peradventure there shall be forty found there.   And he said, I will not do it for forty’s sake.  And he said unto him, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak:  Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.   And he said, I will not do it, if I find thirty there.  And he said, Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord:  Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.   And he said, I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.  And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once:  Peradventure ten shall be found there.   And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.  And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham:  and Abraham returned unto his place.  (Genesis 18:  20-33, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Repentance Must Come Before Resurrection (04/27/2013); Destroyed in Noah’s Flood (04/28/2013); Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); My Brother’s Keeper (04/05/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); The Golden Age? (01/10/2013); All Know Gospel? (03/20/2011); Not Accepted? (01/03/2011); Doing Nothing? (01/04/2011) 

Dear Lost Thyme, here are some points of consideration often missed even by those who have embraced Christian belief for decades:

(1)  Deliverance, judgment, and salvation by GOD through Jesus Christ are sacred events that appear as divine self-expression (we say, grace), and are not caused by a person’s beliefs, their knowledge of doctrine, scriptures, and teachings, their intelligence, their opinions, or any aspect of their mental functioning , including their imagination, logic, memory, and reason.  Even so, those elements are vital for participation in families, sacred assemblies, congregations to serve the Lord, and worship communities.  Harmony is  fostered and further made possible only by collective experience, shared information, and common practice.

(2)  In the judgment of GOD, behavior and conduct are examined and focused upon only as material indicators for the absence or presence of spirit content from the make-up of GOD, who is a spirit.  While a person’s spirit content may be amplified or nourished by reading the Bible and completing religious studies, divine spirit cannot be acquired by any secular learning process.  The Holy Spirit must be imparted (sent forth from GOD); and may only be acquired through baptism (we may say, death of ones sinful nature, followed by rebirth from divine DNA).  More than simply a ceremony or ritual practiced only among believers within groups known as “churches,” baptism must be understood as a spiritual operation of GOD that may go out to all, everywhere, no matter what their belief system, economic status, language, or national origin.

(3)  As those who acknowledge Jesus as the Son of GOD, Christian believers enter into a covenant agreement that establishes an intimate and personal relationship with GOD; and believers do not continue to exist as abstract objects manufactured by a remote Creator.  Confidence, personal integrity, self-will, and volition (we say, choice) are aspects of continuing in right relationship.  However, because GOD is immortal, immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging, all believers are challenged to embrace godly disciplines, non-negotiable laws, limits, sacred duties, spiritual operations, and eternal purposes.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4)  At their Creation, all created beings and living creatures were endowed with spirit matter that was emanated and put forth from the person of GOD.  Through sin (we say, corruption and error) the will of the living is defiled and weakened.  GOD is not subject to sin, and sin is no material or spirit thing created by GOD.  Yet, sin has dominated self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Now, through Jesus Christ, added measures of divinity may be received that further enable mankind to detect, avoid and resist sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC