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Challenge, life process, and temptation are topics, today, along with more on Bible authors and truth.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Jeremy Jay Beamer” (Level 1 with 65 points, a member since February 25, 2013) posted the following:


Why does the Bible say to not put God to the test when He puts His children to the test every day?


THE BATTLE AXE:  Bible Authors and Truth? (06/19/2013)—  (6)  The believer’s experience of faith operating within their own being and substance makes possible their acknowledgment of faith operating within the Bible authors.  More than this, believers understand that those who recorded the holy writings were chosen by GOD, elect, cleansed and set apart for divine service (we say, sanctified), made prominent through emblems, gifts and signs (we say, justified), delivered divine utterance (we say, prophesied), and used to display godly authority and power (we say, glorified).  Writers used for creating the Bible all were to function as caretakers of holy heritage, custodians, observers and witnesses to events among mankind that would proceed from divine presence, sacred operations, and sovereign interventions.  (7)  While many literary devices appear in the Scriptures that are similar to those featured in secular writing to amuse and entertain (e.g., dialog, metaphor, plots and counter-plots, simile, use of detail), the canon and standards for holy Scriptures demand content that reveals divine person, sacred operations, and eternal purpose.  Accordingly, the Bible is spoken of as “holy writings”, for included are admonitions, chronicles (we say, public records describing divine events), divine commands, doctrine, ordinations, parables, praises, prayers, promises, proverbs, prophecy, testimony, and verdicts in sacred judgment.  See Isaiah 55:  10-12, Matthew 13:  34-35, 1st Thessalonians 1:  2-6, Hebrews 4:  12 and 2nd Peter 1:  16-21, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;  And did all drink the same spiritual drink:  for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:  and that Rock was Christ.  But with many of them God was not well pleased:  for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.  Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.  (1st Corinthians 10:  1-13, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Struggles? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Bad Luck (02/25/2012); Violence In The Bible (02/26/2012); (12/16/2011) Girdle 31:  Being Mixed With Faith; GOD Tempted? (02/12/2011); The KJV Bible? (02/13/2011)

Jeremy, here are some points to consider that may appear strange or new to you, however, these ideas often are shared among believers, and those who function showing respect to GOD through Jesus Christ:

(1)  Becoming mature and the normative life process for mankind may be described as one of continual change and learning with emotional, physical, psychological, and spiritual growth produced through encountering specific challenges.  Included are balance to stand and walk, developing dexterity and eye/hand coordination, language acquisition (mama/dada), falling in love, and parenting.

(2)  Where created beings and living creatures accept their given position within the sphere of divine being, they must cooperate with ongoing sacred operations such as creation, death, incarnation, judgment, praise, proclamation, promise, fulfillment of prophecy, rebirth, and sanctification.

(3)  As language from the Bible, to “tempt”, “temptation” and “test” primarily refer to attack, confrontation, or applying pressure to discover a limit and breaking point.  As with the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness (see Matthew 4:  1-11, King James Version), those who seek to “break GOD” or find weakness in divinity are usually those in spiritual confusion, having malice against GOD, and those whose self-will is dominated by sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (4)  GOD revealed himself to Moses as a god of Judgment (see Exodus 34:  5-8, KJV).  While the children are not punished for the sins of their fathers, they are challenged through the consequences and effects of parental sin to the third and fourth generation—as much as 160 years.  Far from being arbitrary, capricious and optional, accountability, duty, and obligation with respect to GOD and divine law are shown to be non-negotiable aspects of being, order and existence.)   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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Judging others to find a “true Christian” is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on not feeling loved by GOD.  The “Yahoo! Answers Top Contributor” using ID “Forrest Toney” (Level 7 with 26,620 points, a member since February 12, 2011) posted the following:


Is it likely I can find a true Christian who is obeying all of Jesus’ sayings?  
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MKE-MKE ……… I STILL LOVE YOU , ANYWAY . I GUESS I GOT YOUR GOAT . WHY CONSIDER YOURSELF A CHRISTIAN IF YOU DO NOT THINK YOU HAVE TO OBEY ALL OF HIS SAYINGS /


THE BATTLE AXE:  Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013)—Believers often fail at first to see the love of GOD that must appear in themselves through gradual change that is growth and transformation.  Like their own chin, their nose, or the back of their head, divine favor and love can be with a believer at all times, however is intended to be visible to others, partially viewed or unseen by themselves, glimpsed infrequently, or seen only as a mirror image and reflection.  The love of GOD is made visible through ministry and unselfish acts to serve and uplift others.  Believers therefore proceed on the basis of divine utterance and their own content of sacred substance such as faith, longsuffering, the promises of GOD, proclamation, prophecy, righteousness and wisdom.  Believers are to increasingly recognize spirit matter interwoven with the routine things of their experience, instead of seeking unusual displays of supreme authority such as exorcism, healing, marvels, miracles, raising the dead, signs, storms, upheavals, and wonders.  See 2nd Corinthians 5:  6-8, Mark 10:  35-45 and Hebrews 6:  10, KJV.


THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment:  yea, I judge not mine own self.  For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified:  but he that judgeth me is the Lord.  Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts:  and then shall every man have praise of God.  (1st Corinthians 4:  1-5, KJV)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  About Preaching the Gospel (04/18/2013); When Does Gossip Become Sin? (01/08/2013); Understanding Hell (01/09/2013); Why Is GOD Blamed? (08/23/2012); Fire Baptism (08/24/2012); Jesus Our “Advocate” (08/16/2012); Wrong To Love? (08/17/2012)


Forrest, many make the mistake of seeking to assess and evaluate divine presence within created beings and living creatures by using reasoning and standards that only apply to carnal, material and social realities.   Here are some points for understanding important to avoiding spiritual confusion and unbelief:

(1)  Accurate and thorough examination of mankind requires a divine judge who has served as a righteous king, a holy priest, and a suffering savior.  Judgment to determine spiritual righteousness must be balanced, detailed, formal, impartial, and methodical, yet must embrace compassion, empathy, love and respect.

(2)  In divine judgment, attitude, behavior and conduct are “surface” effects that may indicate unseen spirit content, and sacred substance.  However, the same effects also may appear through the flesh (appetite such as hunger, thirst, and sexual cravings; sense such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching; and operations of mind such as desire, fantasy, imagination, recall).

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3)  Ones own human standard and process to apply the things from GOD that would identify a “true Christian” may be flawed, and may lack the necessary fineness to capture subtlety (barely visible differences) between and among operations of the Holy Spirit within believers.  Members of the body of Christ are to be complementary, diverse, interdependent, and perform at multiple levels of commitment, faith, gifts, knowledge, maturity, skill, and perfection.)   Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Redemption and the Holy Spirit are topics, today.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Alex” (Level 2 with 460 points, a member since October 19, 2012) posted the following:

Christians, why does the Bible say God ‘bought’ the church with his own ‘blood’?
Acts 20:28 tells us, “Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.”
Who bought the church—the church of God—with His own blood?

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Dove (12/28/2012)—The standard of the dove signifying peace is lifted up for the kingdom of heaven in contrast to the ensign of the Roman eagle, a bird of prey, that signals conquest, destruction and war.  Like John the Baptist, mature Christian believers proclaim the kingdom, and are endowed with the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and the Spirit of Prophecy).  As one continually nourished by holy offerings, sacrifices and tithes, and who continued upon holy ground until carried to serve as a herald and witness in the wilderness, the Prophet John acknowledged the consecration of Jesus as High Priest, his anointing as king (Messiah), public recognition of his claim as heir to Adam, Abraham, and David (the Son of man) as well as divine confirmation that Jesus is the Son of GOD.  The appearance of the dove as the voice sounded from heaven was in the nature of jubilation, proclamation, revelation, and testimony in judgment.  All the spirit-persons of the GODhead are present in the scene; and each affirms the authority and fullness of the others.  These things were exposed to the Prophet allowing him to identify Jesus as “the Lamb of GOD” to those who had been prepared to become the first followers of Christ.  (See John 5:  33-38, John 1:  29-37 and 1st John 5:  6-12, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it shall be, when Jehovah shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, as he sware unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,  that thou shalt set apart unto Jehovah all that openeth the womb, and every firstling which thou hast that cometh of a beast; the males shall be Jehovah’s.  And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck:  and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.  And it shall be, when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand Jehovah brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:  and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that Jehovah slew all the first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast:  therefore I sacrifice to Jehovah all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.  (Exodus 13:  11-15, American Standard Version)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Price of Humanity? (12/13/2012); Remembering the Holocaust (12/14/2012); More Than Salvation (11/27/2012); The Slave to Law and Sin Made Free (11/16/2012); Lawful Divorce (11/17/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012); Jesus Our “Advocate” (08/16/2012); Girdle 14:  Reasonable Service (11/29/2011); Why Sacrifice? (10/13/2010); Appetite (10/14/2010)

     More than merely saving believers in judgment from their sentence of damnation, the birth, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ establishes eternal life through redemption.   Redemption is the provision of divine covenant that allows things dedicated, offered in prayer, and promised to GOD (e.g., oneself, ones firstborn, donkeys, goats, sheep, oxen) to be recovered from the altar of GOD.  All living things delivered to the altar (a holy table that serves as a point where heaven and earth are joined) must be sanctified, sacrificed, and salted (i.e., washed, set apart, slain, and transferred to GOD through holy fire that accomplishes cleansing, judgment and lifting).  The redeemed are recovered from the altar to continue in service as living sacrifices.  Those that cannot be used in sacred service and worship, that would defile and profane the altar when offered, and where no redemption price has been paid (say a mule), the neck is broken, and it is destroyed.

     That Jesus Christ may bestow eternal life to those that are his by their “saving purchase” is a fulfillment of divine law, promise, and prophecy, and constitutes lawful redemption.  The provision of redemption again displays the law as righteous, and in agreement with the mercy found in judgment.

     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, less mature Christian believers tend to oversimplify the truths of redemption and salvation, ignore them altogether, or lump them together as though one is no greater than another.  It remains, the devotion, gratitude, obedience, thoroughness and zeal of believers will vary according to their right knowledge and understanding.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

     Christian maturity, covenant, and law are topics, today, with more on escaping racism. A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Ian” (Level 1 with 37 points, a member since September 30, 2012) posted the following:


Why do most Christians ignore God’s laws?


THE BATTLE AXE: Escape from Racism (10/24/2012)— Because they identify racism with social realities, many fail to recognize that racism is a spiritual problem that derives from sin, an influence that dominates the will of created beings and living creatures, and that opposes the divine existence of GOD. Despite accounts from the Bible and The Book of Mormon, bias, discrimination, prejudice and racism (called being a respecter of persons in Scripture) are forms of unrighteous judgment, and therefore are disgusting and hateful to GOD. Becoming free of racism within others as well as from within oneself, requires power that comes only from GOD. At no time in the history of mankind has the righteousness of GOD been identified as the result of skin color, and ethnic origin. Yet, condemnation, and the curse of GOD against sin have been promoted as portrayed through race. Mature believers from every ethnic origin now trust that Jesus Christ has broken-off every curse that may have come through earlier forms of the law. In many settings where racism now appears, doctrinal differences were first at issue; and racism emerged later as the corruption of sacred truth. While originally competition, conflict, division and schism may have begun through the Devil, racism appears maintained primarily through operation of the world system. There, contrary to the holy writings and promptings by the Spirit of GOD, mankind insists upon customs and traditions that amplify racial differences, and that enlarge human error. Clearly the Scriptures teach us that there are divine standards for holy service, for entering the presence of GOD, and for obtaining divine favor. As demonstrated by the account of Abel and Cain (sons of Adam), every sacrifice is not answered with holy fire confirming acceptable worship, and commanded obedience. Standards for the people of GOD, and genuine priesthood after the things in heaven, have been demonstrated through Jesus Christ, the Incarnate person of GOD. In Scripture, class differences began among the sons of Adam very early on the basis of such elements as prowess in hunting (Nimrod). Later, ethnic discrimination appears against the Jews (who were herdsmen, keepers of livestock), that apparently began in Egypt on the basis of occupation. The Jews were not chosen as a divine instrument to promote their ethnicity, their economic productivity, or any racial differences. Nor were the Jews taken into covenant to perpetuate racial conflict. Even so, wherever the people in the covenant of Moses have gone in Diaspora, there have been problems that result because they must separate (i.e., be cleansed and set apart) to serve Almighty GOD. Like many contemporary Jews, some Christians account themselves socially acceptable and involved in the great issues of modern society. However, they too have a duty to be “a peculiar people,” and should answer sanctification, the operation of the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD whereby a believer is set apart to be further made fit for eternal life.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for? And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons; Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people together, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they may teach their children. (Deuteronomy 4: 5-10, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Double Standard? (10/12/2012); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); Faith Establishes Law (03/10/2012); Support For The Bible (03/11/2012); Dispatch 42: Unprofitable Servants (09/21/2011); Why Disobey? (03/18/2011); Two Opinions? (03/19/2011); To Do His Will? (01/31/2011); To Get Wisdom? (02/01/2011)

    
     Until they are mature, created beings and living creatures do not fully grasp the divine realities of law from GOD. While the law is to make Almighty GOD, who is nonmaterial and spirit both known and visible, there are many other sacred operations and purposes accomplished through the law that at first cannot be seen, and understood. The law must respond to many subtle points (barely visible differences; fine details), and goes beyond attitudes, behavior, and conduct of the living. Law is a display of divine will, thus, in this sense, the law itself is invisible; and may only be “seen” after being assimilated, and internalized. Do you see what I mean?
    
     When still developing, many Christians acknowledge the covenant of Moses (called “the law” in Scripture) as an historical foundation for Christian belief. However, they mistakenly understand the covenant as having been ended by Jesus, rather than transformed, improved, and extended. These incorrectly apply the critiques that identify the shortcomings of the Mosaic covenant, and its system of animal sacrifices for atonement, and propitiation of sin. In addition to condemning the rites and ceremonies from the Tabernacle and Temple, many condemn all the civil law, ordinances, statutes and testimonies of Israel, pointing to them as the cause of the failures and sins of the people. More than this, they do not yet comprehend the various connections among faith, forgiveness, humility, judgment, love, obedience, and righteousness.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, when lacking balance and depth of understanding, many are prone to regard salvation as a free gift that demands no action, or change on the part of believers. While they are correct that, as with the Creation of mankind, salvation is an operation of divine person, and that believers have no active part or “say” in the sacred process; it remains, believers must respond to various disciplines and standards for fellowship within the body of Christ. All believers do not preach or sing in the choir, yet, all are given the “work” of spreading the Gospel through their routines of daily living.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      The human spirit, self-will and the substance of divinity are topics, today.


THE BATTLE AXE: The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)—In the Holy Bible, various mechanisms of the flesh are labeled “the carnal mind” (see Romans 8, KJV). Such features as appetite, emotion, and passion may activate the mind, and human self-will; also, spirit within the living may trigger responses by the self-will. However, human self-will is limited in its power to move the inborn spirit, or to control the elements of the flesh. Thus, the will may initiate a series of actions to satisfy hunger or thirst, yet one cannot eliminate bodily needs simply by focusing their will without also taking action directed by thought. The spirit often stirs the will to physical action that the body and mind are unable to execute. Rightly understood, the carnal mind is enmity against divine will in the sense that, the carnal mind has not been designed to acknowledge and obey divine will. So to speak, the carnal mind—and the carnal man—are not equipped to obey Almighty GOD perfectly, even where self-will urges them to do so. Human self-will (for want of a better word, “endowed-will”) is often believed the same in substance as divine will (“source-will”), and only different in degree. The Gospel of Jesus Christ favors the idea that conflict between endowed-will in humankind against source-will within divine person result from differences in spirit. Human will cannot generate or produce divine will; nor can human spirit generate or produce divine spirit. Through the ministry of Jesus, mankind is now offered an added endowment of divine spirit, (called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Truth, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Prophecy). The substance of divine person is imparted as a living presence to indwell the born-again believer.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22: 8-18, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Sin Unknown? (10/10/2012); The Gender of Angels? (10/09/2012); When Prayer Works (10/11/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Does GOD Feel? (10/05/2012)

    
     Mature Christian believers generally accept the doctrine that GOD is a spirit, and we must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4: 22-24, KJV). Divine being is manifest, or made known and visible through spirit matter. While spirit matter cannot be described as having dimension, form, mass and shape, Almighty GOD has revealed many truths that allow created beings and living creatures to know the makeup and substance of Divine Person. Because material substance, and objects encountered in time and space appeal to aspects of awareness and self-will in created beings (such as appetite, sensation and imagination), living creatures do not easily recognize and respond to spirit matter. Spirit matter is acknowledged and discovered by practicing discernment, that is, using things with clear spirit content as standards for comparing, contrasting, and examining any other things promoted as also being spiritual in nature, or containing spirit substance.

      Each angelic and human being contains a portion of spirit matter that has been put forth from GOD, and that, in fact, is GOD. Animals, insects, and creatures spoken into existence appear as configurations of “word”; and word is spirit matter directed as “breath” or utterance. The holy scriptures convey spirit matter engaging human consciousness as word. While blood is material, blood conveys spirit matter that is life. Animation, existence, life and presence are dynamic effects of spirit matter. Spirit-beings, such as the angels, the sacred beasts of heaven, and the 24 elders, are created and put forth by Almighty GOD, and do not encompass and include the same fullness of spirit matter as the Creator. Divine being is the only source for spirit matter, and for all existence.

      The spirit matter of GOD, the elements or features that make up sacred person includes faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, love, righteousness, truth, will, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Each consists entirely of unique spirit matter. Therefore, holiness is comprised of holiness, love of only love, and righteousness is purely of righteousness. As divine substance, this spirit matter is inseparable (where one is found, all appear); and divine spirit matter (also called “divinity”) is found in full scale and boundless proportion only within the Oneness that is GOD.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, the endowment of spirit matter imparted to the holy angels at Creation cannot be increased. Presently, mankind may be re-directed to GOD by added deposits of spirit matter; however, once mankind is sealed in spirit, they will be fixed in their spirit matter as are the angels.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Condemnation for attacks by Christians, Christian growth, hypocrisy, and portrayals on TV are topics, today, along with more on when prayer works. The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Emma” (Level 2 with 426 points, a member since August 5, 2012) posted the following:

Aren’t christians a bit double standard?

I saw a TV-show where a christian thought someone was doing a bad thing (in relation to God/religion) but to stop him from doing the bad thing, she did a bad thing too. But it was alright for her to do it, but not alright for him to do it? Now I know it’s just a tv-show, but isn’t it pretty realistic of what a christian would do? and isn’t it extremely double standard?
Why do they think it’s okay to do something bad to other people, as long as it’s for their God they are doing it!! that’s the worst thing about people being religious..

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If he was doing a play with homosexuality in it, and she was going to stop it by sabotaging it..

And I know every body is a little double standard sometimes, but some christians just act like they are saints, when they are actually really mean themselves..

THE BATTLE AXE: When Prayer Works (10/11/2012)—All prayers are not the same before GOD. Yet, many Christian believers mistakenly think that every follower of Jesus, everywhere, automatically has the same access to GOD through their own prayers as when Jesus, an assembly of believers, or the Holy Spirit prays on their behalf. Ones access to GOD varies in accordance with many factors, including the authority of their office, the specific spiritual gift(s) wherewith they are endowed, their peculiar anointing, the maturity of their ministry, and details of the work they must perform. (For example, see 1st Corinthians 12: 28-30, KJV). Hindsight reveals that often prayer may be answered, however, (1) the divine answer may not be accepted as correct and fitting; and (2) the answer may not be understood. Here, the prophets Jonah and Daniel come into view; particularly Daniel. Although an angel appeared to explain in detail his visions, recorded prophesies from others, and troubling questions about the future, Daniel was overwhelmed by the breadth, depth and scale of GOD’s response. The prophet was given an answer for multitudes of believers in ages to come, rather than a simple statement to satisfy a single man.

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. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2nd Peter 1: 1-11, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: To Be or Not To Be? (08/26/2012); Why No Answer? (08/25/2012); Girdle 48: Be Ye Doers (01/04/2012); Girdle 44: The Good Seed (12/31/2011); TV Shows? (02/02/2011); Lip Service? (03/01/2011); Useful Movies? (02/28/2011); Two Wisdoms? (10/12/2010)

      Living under conditions generated by both the natural world and social world, Christians must respond to secular standards that have been created and established entirely by mankind that do not acknowledge sacred truth. Included are customs, oral and written history, language, popular culture, science and tradition. Skill to apply and maintain spiritual standards consistently must be developed over time as part of acquiring discipline, insight, and maturity.

      For those continuing to develop as Christian believers, their errors or shortcomings never result from the doctrine and teachings of Christ, the sacred lifestyle of those reborn, or obedience to divine law. Every person choosing Christ undergoes change, and a divine process of transformation. In the course of becoming perfected, the believer experiences “growing pains,” must make many choices and decisions, and must arrive at increasingly higher levels of spiritual functioning. Just as the errors of children are not always from lack of intelligence or ability to reason, so with believers. In place of the Holy Spirit, their behavior and conduct will continue to display and express deeply rooted emotional, material, psychological and other concerns for an undetermined period.

      There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, while TV programs often are carefully prepared by teams of educated, experienced and talented persons, there are many limitations to how effectively they can present sacred issues. The skill of their performers and writers are only surface. Amusement, entertainment, fantasy and imagination are vital; and even elements that are absurd, repulsive and shocking are presented as though they have equal validity, because they will attract an audience. Thus, viewers may see a comedy broadcast offering a new vision of the American family, and highlighting a marriage proposal as romantic, where a same sex couple appear pledging their love for one another and their unborn adopted child, and the birth-mother (ignored as a woman) is in the background sharing a sonogram of the fetus. In addition to other, perhaps, unintended messages influencing young people are the notions that all gays are celebrities (and all celebrities may be gay); unwanted babies can always be bought, sold and given away; we should work for our dreams and fantasies rather than duties and goals; and life is whatever you can afford and pay for.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

      Some ideas of reality and truth are shared, today (below). Also, there is further consideration, suppose I am wrong?


THE BATTLE AXE: Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)—Often in human experience, a person finds more than one satisfying explanation, or framework of belief that accounts for discrete facts within their inner awareness. It is then that they begin to analyze, compare and contrast complex systems, and intricate patterns that describe a collective or common consciousness. Where culture, history and tradition are the primary focus, material and social realities are stressed, and authentic spiritual elements may never come into view. Such stumbling blocks as competitiveness, cultural arrogance, gaps in knowledge, predisposition, skepticism and superstition may warp the conclusions and findings from a person’s reflection and study. Particularly where assumptions are made that inward truth may not be known as definite and unchanging, or that spiritual truth is always determined according to external conditions, thinkers proscribe using “objective” yet undefined criteria for such features as accuracy, clarity, completeness, and simplicity. Even points for elegance and style may be awarded. It remains, the highest standard given for spiritual truth is generally referred to as ones own faith, where faith for the mature Christian believer is a sacred substance imparted from the Divine Person whereby GOD has immediate presence, and resides within created beings and living creatures.


THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1st Corinthians 2: 12-14, King James Version)


THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Doom (09/20/2012); Ghosts (09/02/2012); How Life Exists (08/20/2012); GOD Does Exist (03/20/2012); Why Ask (02/23/2011); Normal? (02/22/2011); Proving Truth? (12/24/2010)

    
     The Roman Governor and Judge, Pontius Pilate, is recorded in the Holy Scriptures having interrogated Jesus before releasing him to those that would perform his crucifixion; and when Jesus would not appeal for mercy, make excuse, or attempt to defend himself against the charges made by the Jews, Pilate asked the question “What is real” using slightly different words, What is truth? (John 18: 38, KJV). In human experience many things are real, and are truth, that no one can explain easily, and that no person may control. Even so, the events, or things, seen, heard and felt are “real”. Even so, the emotional, mental, physical, psychological, and spiritual things that happen are truth. Given that mankind does not have authority and power to create the truth, make truth absolute, and maintain truth as unchanging, many feel that reality and truth are fictions of perfection: There can be no permanent reality, there can be no genuine truth.
    
     The fact that change occurs does not eliminate, or suspend reality and truth. Usually the case is that added realities and new truths are unveiled that formerly were hidden, misunderstood, and unseen. While sudden, unintended, unexpected, unwanted changes are labeled as causing agony, destruction, distress and loss, reality and truth should not be condemned and cursed, because prior to change, a person, in fact, has had many opportunities to become grounded, flexible, prepared, and shielded.
    
     The appearance of Christ in the earth was provided to establish sweeping change for reality and truth within the spiritual awareness of all created beings and living creatures. The operation and process of material reality would remain essentially the same despite some miraculous events, and some radical departures from what we call the “natural order.” “Real” and “truth” defined in Christ, speak to the nature and substance of divinity; to the operation of GOD within, through, and on behalf of mankind; as well as to process that identifies counterfeits of the divine handiwork, and makes visible and permanent the genuine Creation of GOD.
    
     There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, things acknowledged as real and true within the consciousness of a person’s spirit, may not be confirmed through awareness that come by the flesh, or by the mind as influenced by society and the world. There are specific guidelines, laws and limits for the existence and ministration of spirit; and these are usually very different from those for behavior and conduct in social groups, because spirit is not restricted by frameworks of time and space. Those of us who have carefully examined such things generally agree that the operations of drugs are through the mechanisms of flesh. Thus, no drug supplies an experience caused by, or containing spirit substance from the person of GOD. Similarly, no drug has power to block, repel, or stop a genuine appearance of the Spirit of GOD within a person–including those who may claim to not believe.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.


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