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      The World as a unique belief system is the topic today; also there is more on preachers quoting Scripture during their prayers. With regard to the Internet as a public forum, I’ve been specially pressed to share some of my thoughts in today’s presentation as a response to several comments upon recent postings. Writers “wirelessguru1” and “beelzebob” (that I first took to be Beelzebub—the fallen prince of devils defeated and sealed at the Cross by Jesus Christ—and resisted calling “beelzeboob”) in effect, offered to save me from my salvation in Christ, and release me from a state of gross delusion like that described in the Matrix series of Academy Award winning films (that introduced the “bullet” cinema filming techniques.) They have not heard me moaning and groaning, or complaining against the new life; and it must be their own sad experience of something other than Jesus that is fuelling their discontent. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Mr S The Goon” (Level 1 with 44 points, a member since April 22, 2013) posted the following:


Is life as we see it an illusion?

Are we just existing in a reality that society has created for us?


THE BATTLE AXE: Quoting Scripture to GOD? (04/24/2013)—(6.) The holy writings are understood to provide a vocabulary of sacred events, a shared language and shared truth that have been specially fit together and patterned by GOD to permit believers access to the Holy as shared awareness. As a common focus for GOD and mankind, the Scriptures are a necessary bridge over the fixed gulf of carnal and finite being. See 2nd Timothy 2: 15-16, 2nd Timothy 4: 1-5, 2nd Peter 1: 2-9 and 2nd Peter 1: 16-21, King James Version.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1st John 2: 15-17, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); What is Reality (a.k.a. Truth)? (09/29/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); The Right Religion (03/25/2012); Mixing Islam and Christianity? (03/26/2012); Mankind’s World (11/20/2010); For Our Sins? (11/21/2010); Two Wisdoms? (10/12/2010); Why Sacrifice? (10/13/2010)

    
     Mr S The Goon, here are some ideas from a mature Christian believer that many have found useful for overcoming spiritual confusion. Often the problem is not with life or truth, it’s with our failure to accept and correctly understand it:

(1.) A belief system is a closed set of definitions, explanations and values that describe reality, and fosters a sense of control and wholeness for those operating within the limits that are put into place by the unique terms of the system. A believer may not go outside of the system for answers, correction, guidance, or inspiration; must not rely upon altered versions, fragments, mutations or partial presentations of the full system; must not introduce material from alternative and opposing systems that would contaminate, defile and profane their beliefs; and must trust that the system they commit themselves to is all-inclusive, authoritative, complete and finished. 
 
(2.) The World System is real, and is a valid source of direction and meaning for human life. Called humanism, secularism, and society, the World provides necessary structure for human exchange, interaction and survival. Included are customs, institutions, language, professions, and traditions that generate rules for our experience of education, family, marriage, politics, science, work life, etc., etc., etc., etc. Mature Christians believe the earth (our physical sphere) is created by GOD, and acknowledge that the World is the creation of mankind.

(3.) In addition to the World, other real systems also foster human understanding of reality. The Flesh system is described by such aspects of experience as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual craving), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and mental function (e.g., desire, fantasy, forgetting, imagination, thought). Both the Flesh and the World may determine and dictate what one understands as bad/good, deadly/life-giving, real/unreal, right/wrong, and useful/useless.

(4.) The Christian belief system also supplies ideas to describe and maintain human reality. However, in addition to viewing humanity as carnal, emotional, intellectual, physical, psychological and social, Christianity also acknowledges mankind as spiritual. GOD, the Maker of all created beings and living creatures, is a spirit; and has imparted aspects of himself to all Creation.

(5.) Achieving a clear, correct view upon life is very difficult, and requires discipline, focus, and maturity. Truth does not change, however our readiness to accept the truth does. Human living absolutely must go forward as change: we typically grow, increase, and learn. As the process of our living, most humans rely upon discovery, trial-and-error, risk-taking, and vicarious experience (every device available, even clutching at straws), and so there are multiple opportunities and sources for error, and misunderstanding of the truth.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) In the Christian belief system, sin may dominate the awareness of created beings and living creatures, yet, has no influence upon GOD. Sin distorts and skewers human consciousness, and alters the application of self-will. Sin opposes the existence of divine law, divine person, and the entire universe of GOD. Hence, sinners go about to destroy society, and themselves.) 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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      The use of Scriptures when praying, and more on Joseph as the father to Jesus are topics, today. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Gino Hunter” (Level 4 with 2,716 points, a member since March 21, 2011) posted the following:

What is the purpose of preachers quoting scripture to God when they pray?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Divine Use of a Human Life? (04/23/2013)—The birth of Christ was to establish union for things that were completely finite, flesh and temporal within things that were eternal, invisible and totally Spirit. The Son of the Highest absolutely had to be brought into the world without the aspect of Adamic sin preserved within mankind by the flesh (i.e., appetite, mental functions, and sense), and accomplished without reproduction by human substance (we say, without fertilization, mitosis, and human DNA). Christ absolutely had to appear among the covenant people; and had to be acknowledged as a legitimate heir to those who had been set apart with Moses and Joshua, and had received a divine portion as their heritage. By the device of Joseph as an instrument of GOD in flesh, divine answer is made to multiple issues pertaining to covenant with Israel, the Levitical priesthood, and the status of Israel among the kingdoms of the earth. By his wanderings (Bethlehem, Egypt, Galilee, Nazareth), Joseph is both a figure of the nomad Abraham, who is called the Friend of GOD, and a figure of the twelve tribes of Jacob, who also were offered a unique, divine relationship. As a son of Adam, Joseph inherits the roles of trusted “caretaker”, husband, father, and servant to the Most High. In addition, Joseph is a son and spiritually legitimate heir to the throne of David (where King Herod is only politically legitimate).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2nd Peter 1: 2-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Guide to Salvation? (04/10/2013); Faith, Language and “Mystery” (04/11/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); Confessing Only to GOD? (04/08/2013); Magick and Prayer? (10/29/2012); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Unanswered Prayers (09/11/2012); When You Pray (09/12/2012); Proving Truth? (12/24/2010); Lord of Sabbath (12/25/2010); Spirit or Word? (12/11/2010); Justification? (12/12/2010)

    
     Gino, here are some points that many clergy and mature Christian believers would endorse:

(1.) For human beings, the personal relationship with GOD made possible through the ministry of Jesus Christ is carefully built up over time. By continuing to grow, learn and share, a believer experiences multiple layers of closeness, intimacy, respect and trust. Fellowship with GOD is different from companionship, friendship or partnership shared by peers, and is cast in terms of dependency more than interdependence. 
 
(2.) GOD is a spirit, and must be acknowledged as active and present through operations of being, breath, and divine utterance. The sacred content of GOD is such substance as faith, glory, holiness, humility, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. These are inseparable, and where one appears, all appear.

(3.) GOD is present within human awareness through multiple devices, mechanisms and spiritual tools provided to accomplish sacred operations, continue ongoing divine processes, and fulfill eternal purposes. Included are birth, creation, death, judgment, rebirth, resurrection, revelation, and sanctification.

(4.) Because the holy writings document covenants, divine law, praises, prayer, proclamations, promises, prophecy and other divine utterances that express the “mind” and will of GOD, the Scriptures are trusted to provide successful and useful material for building ones relationship with GOD through Christ. In any case, correct relationship with GOD begins, develops and turns upon the sharing of divine substance.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (5.) Where believers seek to make claims, or petition GOD for features from the inheritance of Jesus, they must first clearly understand that the bequest and heritage they are claiming is a consecrated priesthood. Like any inheritance, it may only be claimed lawfully. Believers must demonstrate their identity as joint-heir both in word and deed, for the legacy of Christ is one of spirit made visible in action, heaven made known in earth as well as flesh perfected by spirit.) 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 the words of Christ as found in the Bible to the full content of Christian belief is in focus, today, along with more on the faith of ones parents. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “i don’t know” (a Top Contributor on Level 4 with 2,737 points, a member since July 17, 2012) posted the following:

If you only had Jesus’ words without the rest of the bible, would you still be a Christian?

What if we only had his words and none of the gospels or other books? What would Christianity be like?

THE BATTLE AXE: The Faith of Ones Parents? (11/18/2012)—In every generation there are young people who condemn and dismiss the beliefs of their parents as harsh, primitive, outdated, superstitious, and unscientific. While they appear to compete at finding a clever atheistic put-down for their caretakers, the challenge that, in fact, produces genuine maturity is that children come to know and understand as well, or more completely and correctly than their parents. This is made difficult, because miscommunication, adult and child self-importance, and warped parental pride result in parents refusing all correction and instruction from their children, and all others—even officers within the church and worship assembly. At home, every effort by their children to learn or share what GOD has bestowed upon themselves is condemned by their parents as being only “back-talk,” disrespect, rebellion, rejection and “sass.” Often, parents loudly profess to have faith, and when asked to explain or provide a detailed understanding, they cover their faith with a cloak of silence, or they posture as though betrayed, deeply hurt and unjustly offended. In such moments, family, the church, and even GOD may be accused as those who mock and scorn an innocent victim in distress. Rightly understood, correct knowledge of sacred process, divine purpose, and godly truth is delivered only through operation of the Holy Spirit. All should rejoice as faith, holy wisdom, hope, meekness and love are shown to be present, the evidence of things unseen. Focus is upon the message from GOD and his Christ, and there ought be no quarrel against the messenger. In time, even a minor child comes to understand that.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high. (Luke 24: 44-49, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); (10/23/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); Girdle 46: That Ye Be Likeminded (01/02/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

      During my middle school years, I believed everyone could have all the knowledge necessary from the Holy Bible by reading only “the red part.” In my understanding, then, the “red-letter edition” presented every word spoken by Jesus Christ, and, therefore, was more authentic as a presentation of divine truth since the quotations were all from the begotten son of GOD. At first, I thought the black letters introducing and following the words of Jesus could be ignored and skipped. I assumed, like many adults were doing, that anything I could not understand immediately was insignificant, and would add no weight. It was only a few short months before I realized that, when reading and studying the holy writings, the context is essential to clarity and full comprehension. It was many years before I learned to place correct value upon the Scriptures as holy utterance, and a mechanism that conveys spirit content and divinity.

      While the Bible was venerated in our home as more than a mere book, we were guilty of the widespread sin of “bible-olatry” that also occurred in the homes of our neighbors. The Bible would sit in an honored place on the coffee table, on a mantle or shelf, and no one was allowed to touch it (except for regular furniture dusting and polishing), or read it (except on very, very special occasions). Children were told, you are not grown up enough to read the Bible, the Bible is too hard to understand, the Bible is confusing even to educated people, and too much of the Bible drives men mad. Where, the holy book is treated with superstition, and as untouchable the Bible is no less than an idol, a household god, and a teraphim.

      My discovery of the Book of Acts, became my re-education to grasp the full meaning of Creation, divine person, salvation, and the perfecting of the church as a spiritual body and unique “spirit person.” Through Acts and the epistles, believers experience a personal growth that prepares one for spirit baptism, explanations of practices and standards within their own worship congregation, and vital truths that open understanding of prophecy. The unity of Scripture became blazingly clear, as all the prophets from Moses through Malachi, John the Baptist and John the Revelator were shown to speak from a single spirit, the very one Jesus spoke of called “the Comforter,” “the Spirit of Truth” and the “Spirit of Prophecy.” Instead of continuing as obstacles and stumbling blocks, such prophetic books as Daniel, Ezekiel, Psalms, and Revelation became further platforms for growth of the divine spirit that had been deposited to reside within me.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the Bible documents the priesthood given to Adam from heaven as an inheritance to mankind. Reading both the Old and New Testament are necessary to comprehend the full revelation without confusion regarding the place of judges, kings, patriarchs and prophets. The priest is authorized to make offerings and blood sacrifices for atonement, cleansing, and sanctification. As the Son of Man and Son of the Highest, Jesus Christ inherits and fulfills both the divine priesthood of earth as well as that in heaven.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC