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Belief, forgiveness, and spiritual growth are topics, today. Also, there is more on loving ones enemy. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Jack” (Level 1 with 98 points, a member since June 24, 2012) posted the following:

Struggling with christianity helpp!?

Well a week or so I was seriously contemplating making a deal with the opposite of God (I don’t want to say his name) and I decided not to since then I have been very dedicated toi christianity and saying prayers. Do you think God will forgive me and is there any chance that I made a deal with the man in my sleep accidently if so is there anyway I can undo it. Really worried please help!

THE BATTLE AXE: Loving the Enemy (05/10/2013)—(5.) The concept of “enemy” contained within Mosaic law establishing Israel as a sovereign state is not the same as that for those who were to be utterly removed from the Promised Land, even to the slaying of women, children, and livestock. (See Deuteronomy 23: 19-20, Leviticus 25: 17-18 and 39-46, Exodus 23: 3-5, KJV). The ministry of Jesus acknowledges the promises of GOD regarding the Gentiles, and in accordance with sacred purpose, Jesus introduced broader understandings for the terms “brother,” “enemy” “family” and “neighbor.” (See Mark 3: 31-35, Luke 10: 24-34 and Ephesians 2: 11-22, King James Version.) (6.) In the same way GOD did not create sin, and sin is not a substance made from spirit, GOD created no adversary or enemy at Creation. Even so, there are those who oppose the law and rule of GOD. Such are properly called “children of disobedience,” “sinners”, “transgressors”, the unjust,” “the wicked,” and “antichrists”. The language that speaks of enemies derives from military and political thinking; and is replaced by language that speaks to spiritual judgment and salvation. See 1st John 4: 1-21 and Revelation 22: 1-21, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. (1st Peter 4: 12-19, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); GOD Does Exist? (03/20/2012); The “Original” Bible (03/21/2012); Binder 34: Take My Yoke (10/31/2011); Dispatch 25: Comparing Spiritual Things (09/04/2011); Dispatch 26: The Shield (09/05/2011)

Jack, here are some points that mean a lot to many mature Christian believers:

(1.) Everyone struggles with Christianity; believers rarely go from first hearing the Gospel to standing in full conviction at the speed of thought. A person becomes engaged in multiple sacred processes including death, re-birth, redemption, repentance, salvation, judgment, and sanctification.

(2.) The human process of approaching GOD, and maintaining a relationship through Jesus Christ is rooted in carnal, emotional, material, psychological, and social challenges. Every sacred concept and divine truth repeatedly appears in ones experience, and the believer must increasingly recognize and re-affirm their spiritual belief without also “breaking faith,” embracing contradiction, or violating conscience.

(3.) Other believers only may share their knowledge of the formal doctrines and teachings, or declare their own belief and conviction. Each one who comes to Christ must practice a discipline wherein they put aside ideas from their own experience and imagination, and completely rely upon what is in their understanding as having come from Christ—his life experience, his ministry, the record of his appearance upon the earth, his belief, and his imparted, holy Spirit. (See Psalm 2: 10-12 and Philippians 2: 12, KJV.)

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) The choice IS yours. What do you choose to believe? Believe it now, act upon it now. There’s no reason to ask for forgiveness where you are absolutely certain it won’t be given. Where you truly believe you no longer have the salvation that comes from GOD, you also must truly accept, there is nothing anyone anywhere can do to change that. Go on with your life, and, like everyone else, do the best you can to keep from being miserable.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The account of Jesus rebuking a storm is considered, today, along with more on how one truth (that GOD uses hell to destroy sin and sinners) does not cancel another (that GOD is a God of love). A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Trace” (Level 1 with 89 points, a member since December 10, 2012) posted the following:

What is the main point of Mark 4:35-41 talking about jesus in the storm?

THE BATTLE AXE: A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013)—(5.) For many the highest expression of human love is sexual joining where being is experienced as emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual all at the same time, and where a new life or lives may be begun. For mature Christian believers the highest expressions of love are accounted to be forgiveness, giving, obedience, sacrifice, service and suffering where ones own desire and will are put aside to unselfishly carry out and fulfill the will of another. (6.) Hatred, malice and sin do not change or respond to affection, logic, persuasion, trust, reason, or any operation by the Spirit of Christ. The imparted, indwelling Spirit is the primary divine mechanism that allows created beings and living creatures to recognize, and resist sin that may be present as an unseen influence upon ones self-will. In agreement with the divine purposes of Creation, sin is not to be an eternal presence; and the sacred process that will permanently eliminate sin can not be carnal, material, social, and venal. The necessary divine actions for the final removal of all the vessels of sin, and the bestowing of eternal life upon the vessels of divinity are correctly understood only as duty, judgment, love, righteousness, sanctification, and truth.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. So when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding nothing how they might punish them, because of the people: for all men glorified God for that which was done. For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed. And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4: 18-31, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Why Jesus Authored No Books (05/01/2013); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); About the Star? (12/24/2012); Given the Cloud of Witnesses (11/29/2012); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012)

      Trace, here are some ideas that many mature Christian believers regularly consider in order to eliminate spiritual confusion:

(1.) We all continue to be physical beings in a natural and temporal world. When our beliefs and thoughts are not grounded and rooted in the Holy Spirit, the demonstration of divinity, god-likeness, sacred person and supreme power must also include visible displays of control and will-power that can alter being and existence, life and death. (See John 4: 46-54, KJV).

(2.) Through the holy writings and prophesies, Jesus was aware his ministry would have to use materials and techniques for immediate and enduring impact. The window of opportunity was brief, being only three and one-half years. While miracles do not automatically produce faith—confusion, doubt and fear may result—faith and hunger for further truth can be aroused and focused by miracles.

(3.) Most correctly understood, faith is an aspect of divine substance, and is inseparable from such other sacred content as holiness, humility, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The endowment of divine breath and spirit provided to mankind at Creation has been reduced and weakened through sin. The ministry of Jesus Christ now permits renewal of ones divine essence through operations of the Holy Spirit that include baptism (i.e., death, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Ordinarily, crossing the lake was a simple journey requiring no more than hours. The storm that hindered the disciples and threatened to destroy the ministry of Jesus, was not sent by GOD. Their efforts were all carnal, material and physical, and came down to rowing, and casting water out from the ship. As co-laborers with Christ, the disciples were to realize the true nature of the storm, and correctly apply their own spirit power from the Father. Command, judgment, operating in the lawful authority from GOD, and prayer apparently had been completely overlooked.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      Hell as the place of the dead is topic, today, along with more on when gossip becomes sin. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using ID “Alex” (Level 4 with 4,588 points, a member since October 7, 2012) posted the following:

I do not understand. Do people go to hell until revelations?

Well in revelations it seems to me people die and their soul gets sent to hades/sheol or death not hell. Then people are judged and thrown into the lake of fire which is hell. So right now when people die they do not go to hell in christian theology?

THE BATTLE AXE: When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013)—Guided by the Scriptures, Christian speech is recognized by hope and plainness (2nd Corinthians 3: 11, KJV); by its content of doctrine, knowledge, prophecy and revelation (1st Corinthians 14: 6, KJV); by its prophetic purposes (comfort, edification, and exhortation) 1st Corinthians 14: 1-4, KJV; and by its love (1st Corinthians 13: 8-13, KJV). In general, Christian speech is intended to share confession of faith, healing, instruction, personal testimony, spirit content (such as holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, righteousness and wrath against sin) as well as impartial witness. By contrast, gossip and slander are characterized by betrayal of trust; desire for distinction and personal power; exaggeration; exposing secrets; flattery, guile and trickery; pride; innuendo; seduction; and lack of concern for consequences and damage to others. (See Psalm 36: 2, Proverbs 13: 5, Proverbs 26: 17-28 and Proverbs 29: 10, KJV.) Truly Christian speech may include utterance by the Holy Spirit; and repeatedly encourages growth, life, praise, and giving thanks to GOD.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1st Corinthians 15: 50-58, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Place for Eternal Life? (01/06/2013); Therefore There Was Trust (01/07/2013); The Common Danger (01/02/2013); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); A Golden Ticket? (11/30/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012); A Partnership? (11/05/2012); Doom (09/20/2012); Contradictions? (09/21/2012); Visions of Heaven (03/22/2012); Does GOD Need Worship? (03/23/2012)

      Some of the most difficult teachings for Christian believers are those that speak of hell. In part this is true because hell is not a physical place, and the “remains” of the dead are not only their lifeless bodies of flesh. More often than not, the teaching we receive comes from other persons, has been made very simple, and cannot clearly convey the full spiritual truth. For example, we are often told that hell is the grave (the place of burying); however, all who died are not given a formal funeral, and are not buried in the earth or at sea. Even so, the deceased are all said to be in hell. When describing hell as the place of torment, the dead are repeatedly spoken of as if they have awareness, feeling, and sensation—that is, as if they are alive. Also, the witness of John, who was granted visions in heaven, reports the souls of them that were slain for the word of GOD, that cried out from beneath the altar. These were not fully restored and resurrected; yet, are not easily spoken of as being in hell (see Revelation 6: 8-10, KJV).

      The Spirit of GOD that now leads men in spiritual understanding of divine intent encourages us to focus more upon eternal life than upon the state of the dead, or the state of the damned. There are many things in the fullness of Creation, and the reality of a universe maintained by sovereign GOD, that will always be outside of experience and knowledge for created beings and living creatures (Deuteronomy 29: 29, KJV). What we are given centers in divine law, the Gospel, and judgment in accordance with law and the gospel.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, what you seem to call “the revelations” is the harvesting of the earth that others call Advent, the Second Coming, and the Rapture. This is not “the end of the world.” The events prophesied and described in Scripture that speak of the first and second death with judgment before the thrones of GOD—the raising of the dead, the final destruction of sinners—pertain to continuing Creation, and fulfillment of divine intent that there be eternal life.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The dove as a symbol in Scripture, and more on hellfire and brimstone preaching are shared, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” Top Contributor using the ID “Camille” (Level 7 with 142,088 points, a member since March 18, 2009) posted the following:

Why is the dove often used as a symbol for the Holy Spirit?

THE BATTLE AXE: Hellfire and Brimstone Preaching? (12/27/2012)—Many traditions of charismatic and impassioned preaching (often called “shouting”) are practiced in the churches, to this very day. Hellfire preaching is thought to be from the prophets, specifically John the Baptist (a voice crying in the wilderness), rather than from the more intimate pastoral ministry of Jesus Christ, who shared as a healer, judge, miracle worker, and teacher. The New Testament writings from the Apostles of Jesus emphasize prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), and describe their preaching as primarily invitation, testimony and “eye witness.” In Islam, the role of an apostle is to “threaten and warn;” and we often see this today as the fomenting of jihad (holy war). Scholars frequently trace the hellfire tradition in the United States to early America and a sermon by the missionary, pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards (“Sinners in the Hand of an Angry God,” 1741). The evangelist, Billy Sunday (1862-1935), is often spoken of as having been a modern era hellfire preacher. He is said to have preached to as many as 100 million people face-to-face without the aid of electronic sound systems, radio or TV. Newspapers often published his full sermons. Sunday’s preaching of the temperance message gave support to Prohibition, and is believed to have contributed heavily to adoption of the 18th Amendment of the U. S. Constitution in 1919. While hellfire preaching was believed necessarily dramatic and graphic to instill “the fear of GOD,” it has often been criticized as overly simplistic, and labeled as emotionalism. Identified with conservative Christianity, and labeled as “fundamentalism”, hellfire preaching supports a behavioral understanding of sin whereby various popular behaviors should be condemned. Thus, hellfire preaching usually denounces fornication and sexual sin along with such popular middle-class amusements as athletic competition on days of worship, attending the theater, dancing, drinking, gambling, playing cards, reading novels, and swearing. Proclamations for those in the public forum, may be very different than messages in congregation. Even so, in addition to strong temperance messages, biblical preaching that properly highlights advent, apocalypse, death, divine law, judgment, resurrection, and end-times prophecy are all generally regarded as hellfire preaching. Many believers simply continue to regard both the content and style for all genuine preaching as having sacred origin, and carried out as the Holy Spirit gives utterance (see Acts 2: 14-40, King James Version).

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. (Matthew 10: 16-20, King James Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Caesarea Philippi (10/22/2012); Visions of Heaven (03/22/2012); Does GOD Need Worship? (03/23/2012); Binder 16: GOD Inhabits Praise (10/13/2011); Binder 9: Commitment to Being (10/06/2011)

      The dove first appears in the Bible through an account of divine judgment against sin. Mature Christian believers accept the dove bearing an olive leaf as a visible expression of the divine intent that mankind should be in a continuing relationship with the Creator characterized by grace, longsuffering, mercy, divine nourishment, peace, and prosperity (Genesis 8: 8-11, KJV). As a silent servant marked by innocence and prayer (white feathers), swift, winged and bearing comfort from GOD, the dove depicts a unique holy messenger that is different from the angels, who appear as flaming ministers (Psalms 104: 4 and Hebrews 1: 6-8, KJV).

      Very early, the dove became associated with the sacred themes of deliverance, rest, wisdom and witness. Thus, the prophet David employed the figure of a dove in hymns, worship liturgy, and prayer (e.g., Psalms 55: 6 and 68: 13, KJV). A later prophet, John the Baptist, would be given a testimony and witness that Jesus is to be acknowledged as One Sent, and the Son of GOD (Matthew 3: 13-17 and John 1: 1-37, KJV). From before his birth, John had been divinely prepared, and was built up through the Holy Spirit to discern and recognize the agents and operations of GOD in the earth. The earliest mention of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures is as the active force of GOD at Creation (Genesis 1: 1-3, KJV).

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, doves (also called turtle doves) were used in divining (ceremonies and rituals to receive guidance from GOD) as well as for offerings and sacrifices by those in poverty who could not offer a lamb, goat, or bullock. Gentle, harmless and lowly, the dove, like the paschal lamb, is a type of Christ (1st Corinthians 5: 7, KJV). Therefore, atonement, intercession and mediation come into view attributed to Messiah and the Holy Spirit, rather than to any finite living creature.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC

      The old idea of an alliance between GOD and the devil to punish sinners, and more on spiritual seeking and being spiritually sought are examined, today. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Charles” (Level 2 with 265 points, a member since September 10, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, is the devil allies with God since the devil is still going to punish the sinners in hell too?

THE BATTLE AXE: Seeking and Being Sought (11/04/2012)—There are many features of the earth that prevent the exercise of dominion by any created being or living creature apart from Almighty GOD. Divine process within the earth goes forward through frameworks of time and space. Life for mankind, therefore, is not continuous, and goes forward by activity that does not endure, and that is by episodes, discrete events, and occurrences with frequent interruptions. Various limitations identify mankind including frailty (that bones break), mortality, muscular exhaustion that demands rest and refreshing, the cycle of sleeping and waking along with disease and sickness. What we call “sovereign rule” by GOD, in fact, is the imparting of life, awareness, and both actual and potential being. All things that exist do not also have life; the living are endowed with spirit content that appears through such features as consciousness, person, and self-will. The operation of the imparted, indwelling Spirit is the government by Almighty GOD that generates (1) obedience to divine law (2) acknowledgment and worship (3) expression of divine person within and by the created as well as (4) union and a continuing bond to the Creator. Saying this another way: One exists only as an emanation from divine will, and the sacred person of GOD. Those living in the earth need make no search for GOD as if he is lost, and must be recovered. Men need only function, fulfill their purpose, complete their mortality, and correctly occupy their given place in divine order. What men are forced to seek is assurance, certainty and confidence in what is otherwise invisible and unknowable to themselves. Mankind must embrace the continuous revelation of GOD through activity, behavior, commitment, experience, social interaction, and spiritual purification.

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12: 7-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spirit Matter (10/21/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); The Spirit by Measure (09/22/2012); Coveting the Throne (03/07/2012); A New Earth (02/14/2012); On Being Careful (02/13/2012); Girdle 32: Worship GOD (12/17/2011); Binder 18: Eternal Life (10/15/2011)

      Mature believers who have had to answer this question for the sake of their own faith and understanding generally agree the Lord wants them and his church to share the following:

      The Devil is not now or ever will be an independent being who rules over mankind in the heaven, in the earth, under the earth, or in the seas. While the beginnings of the Adversary (as he is called) were as a prince and ruler in heaven, he has lost authority, estate, and legitimate place there through sin. The devil continues as a finite being, who is not endowed with either mortality or immortality. More than this, he and those who support and surround him are not endowed with all knowledge, with the human ability to increase knowledge by growing and learning through experience, or with the ability to foresee and create the future. The full measure of knowledge they would use throughout their functioning and service was supplied to them at their creation; and in that sense, the angels are complete, finished and sealed.

      The angels were not given a knowledge of sin, or an ability to repent from sin through the operation of an imparted, indwelling spirit from GOD as we see granted to mankind by the ministries of Jesus Christ. The angels all continue to have their being as a dispensation of GOD. The holy scriptures do not describe the angels as having any agenda to interact with mankind except at the direct command of GOD. Their legitimate service includes visitation as divine messengers as well appearing as destroyers who enforce sacred law and divine judgment against sin. Heavenly beings in rebellion against the divine will for mankind generally do so through the manipulation of humans promoting corruption, deceit, disobedience, fear, ignorance, lies, unbelief, and violence.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, hell is not a place where created beings and living creatures are alive, and continue to have the abilities and features of divine endowment that made them what they formerly were (e.g., angels, animals, humans). Those that enter the lake of fire do so merely as rubbish, and only continue there until the fire goes out—when everything to fuel it is completely burned up.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

Washington, DC