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Martha Served and Mary Sat at the Feet of Jesus

From James Tissot, a depiction of Mary learning at the feet of Jesus.

 

Today, reply is on learning about the Greek philosopher Plato, and learning about what GOD has revealed and spoken concerning divinity. Secular knowledge and wisdom are expressions by created beings and living creatures that focus on such features as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual contact), sensation, (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mind (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall). Human philosophy and science attempt to describe material objects, life experience, and the physical world using finite, man-made tools for measurement and sharing information. Intellect, logic, and carnal reason are not sufficient to completely and correctly explain such elements as the origin, process, and substance for existence, life, and divine fullness that include faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. It is written: Isaiah 55: 7-11, King James Version (KJV): 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) in the public forum on Religion and Spirituality posted the following:

 

Does God think that he is a mathematician?

                   Biologists think they are biochemists,

                   Biochemists think they are Physical Chemists,

                   Physical Chemists think they are Physicists,

                   Physicists think they are Gods,

                   And God thinks he is a Mathematician.

                                          -Plato

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3: 13-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Focus On Things Revealed (09/12/2019); The Existence of “Goodness”? (12/06/2018); Divine Knowledge And Wisdom (06/24/2018); Idolatry — Exalting Human Devices? (09/21/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); Was Jesus Literate? (10/04/2013); Everything a Lie? (10/05/2013)

 

Anonymous”, to learn of Plato, one may consult brittanica.com that reports, “Plato, (born 428/427 bce, Athens, Greece—died 348/347, Athens), ancient Greek philosopher, student of Socrates (c. 470–399 bce), teacher of Aristotle (384–322 bce), and founder of the Academy,”. At stanford.edu, the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy one reads, “Plato (429?–347 B.C.E.) is, by any reckoning, one of the most dazzling writers in the Western literary tradition and one of the most penetrating,”; and .en.wikepedia.org states that “Plato was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece…the Academy founded by Plato was the first institution of higher learning in the Western world.” To learn of divine fullness (Christian believers also may say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) look into the things shared by the ministry of Jesus, be alert to hear GOD himself as he has been recorded in the holy writings. The sacred operations of divinity on behalf of mankind include Creation, judgment, Incarnation, revelation, and salvation. Divinity has appeared on the earth using thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Men are to learn by sharing with one another their own discoveries, edification, praise, and testimonies that make GOD knowable, approachable, present and visible. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Bishop Walter Hawkins:

1. Exodus 3: 13-15, King James Version (KJV): 13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

2. Exodus 34: 6-8, KJV: 6 And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. 8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

3. Job 38: 1-11, KJV: 1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

4. Matthew 11: 28-30, KJV: 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

5. John 6: 41-48, KJV: 41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven. 42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven? 43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves. 44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, (6.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH2KvYrzZgA&list=RDUH2KvYrzZgA&start_radio=1&t=130.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

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Baptism, spiritual growth, re-baptism, and the Holy Spirit are topics today along with more on the primacy of GOD. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jasmine” (Level 1 with 75 points, a member since June 2, 2013) posted the following:

Can I get spiritual baptism repeatedly? because I am stuck with the holy spirit I got a few years ago.?

I am stuck with the holy spirit I got a few years ago. Can I get spiritually baptised again with a new brand holy spirit? Is it possible to get spiritually baptised again?


THE BATTLE AXE: Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013)—Acknowledgment, respect, and reverence (we say, worship) are correctly shown to GOD when it is understood that the content, make-up, and person describing divine existence also generate the being, coherence, integrity, life, order, presence and purpose for every other creature, life form and object that may be known. Unlike inanimate objects, material things, or the living, GOD puts forth and operates as the prime source of all without having any source; and the Almighty is capable of initiating and responding to independent, unassisted action, communication, exchange, and thought. Divine power is an artifact of divine substance. Thus, power consists in such eternal content as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. GOD appears to created beings and living creatures through operations that apply divine power, and that make the otherwise unknowable presence of GOD actual in the awareness of sentient beings (we say, visible). Included are birth, creation, death, forgiveness, judgment, praise, prayer, proclamation, promise, prophecy, rebirth, resurrection, sanctification, truth, and witness. See Numbers 23: 19, Psalm 99: 1-9, John 3: 23-24 and Jeremiah 9: 23-24, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. (Colossians 2: 6-15, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Translation, Please…(01/11/2013); Why So Much Murder? (01/12/2013); Tongues? (11/17/2010); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); Girdle 6: Book I, The Preamble (11/21/2011)

Jasmine, here are some points for consideration that many mature Christian believers would endorse:

(1) Most followers of Jesus Christ endure an extended period of gradual growth and learning. So to speak, Born-again, one must mature again, and must encounter various challenges and “growing pains” that may cause disappointment, spiritual confusion, and uncertainty regarding ones salvation. Saying this in other ways: All will be tested. All must overcome sufferings. All exist within two different frameworks of reality, and must find the balance between the natural and the spirit worlds.

(2) Increased awareness and strength for ones spirit content is determined and “paced” by direct operations of GOD through the imparted, indwelling spirit of Jesus Christ. A believers ability to discern and recognize the action and presence of the invisible things from GOD is increased over time through such living practice as fellowship with other believers, prayer, and study of the Scriptures.

(3) All believers start out as disinterested, ignorant, only mildly curious, and weak in faith. Divinity and sacred substance from the make-up of the Almighty is received only as ones obedience and trust are increased. Included here may be forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering (endurance), love, sanctification, wisdom and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4) Multiple acts of faith (called works) are not required before salvation so much as after salvation as the correct expression of acceptance, agreement, gratitude, and understanding. The human aspects of baptism center in choice, self-will, and voluntary submission to GOD; however, the divine aspects center in death, re-birth, the generation of life from divine, not human, substance, and the transformation of a mortal to one that will be immortal and incorruptible.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC