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Today, the human predicament and mankind’s standards for determining “good” are in view.  Through the disbelief, disobedience and distrust expressed by Adam and Eve, the makeup and spirit content of mankind as a species has been condemned as unfit to exist as a life companion of eternal divinity:  All have sinned and come short of the glory of GOD.  Rather than through human accomplishments, merit, obedience and self-will, the living must be accounted as “blameless” or having a portion within the divine household on the basis of atonement, propitiation for sin, and the sacred works accomplished on behalf of mankind by Jesus Christ.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What does it mean to be a good man?

One deserving of love and a family and God

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;  (2nd Corinthians 1:  9-10, King James Version (KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Extravagance of Love? (04/02/2017); The Quality of Life? (03/29/2017); GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); Was David a “Good” Man? (01/13/2015); Being Good, Enough? (01/06/2015); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, human ideas of “good” center on things carnal, material and social.  When Jesus Christ was approached by someone who addressed him as “good”, the Savior corrected him by saying, there is none good but GOD.  Jesus immediately shared his own understanding that the present condition of mankind and all Creation is one of being fallen in sin, being condemned to death and elimination because of sin, and being totally dependent upon grace, intercession, and divine prerogative that may provide divine forgiveness and mercy in judgment.  The goodness of GOD surpasses the finite standards of men, and therefore is spoken of in many ways.  Included are adoption, blessing, free gifts, divine inheritance, covenant relationship, rebirth, redemption, salvation, and eternal life.

The lives of mortal men will be interrupted by “sleep” (we say, death), and apart from GOD, all that man seeks to accomplish and attain applying human awareness and self-will does not last, and is temporal (i.e., exists only for a brief time).  Even for those “born again”, who experience death, burial, and resurrection of their inborn spirit, order, stability and success must come through struggle, “growing up again,” and the endurance of suffering.

While living on the earth, believers are to strive for their own highest goals, and the complete fulfillment of their personal potential, however, as offspring and heirs of divinity, the followers of the Lord are to display the active presence of Deity through the imparted, indwelling Spirit as an aspect of their lifestyle and living routines.  Believers are to hold to eternal purposes and cooperate with the ongoing operations of GOD among the living.  They are to prepare themselves to be gathered to Christ at his coming (we say, Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming) when he will harvest those who belong to him that are “ripe” (mature).  Consider again the Scriptures:

(1.)  Psalms 14:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.  2 The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.  3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy:  there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

(2.)  Matthew 19:  16-21, KJV:  16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?  17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:  but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.  18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,  19 Honour thy father and thy mother:  and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up:  what lack I yet?  21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:  and come and follow me.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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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Today, King David, the death of Uriah the Hittite, and the operations of sin are considered.  Sin promotes nonexistence and return to the conditions that were in place before the Creation of heaven and earth.  The mechanics and process of sin always result in the increase and intensification of what is at first a reversible error.  The movement is from deceit, defiance and ignorance of the law to repeated transgressions to deliberate iniquity and persistence of attitudes and actions that violate both the letter and the spirit of the law.  Efforts to cover, rather than confess and abandon sin, usually go from one extreme to another, beginning with lies and even finishing with murder.  Thus, Jesus declared:  I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep (John 10:  9-11, King James Version, KJV).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “STORMY K” (Level 3 with 1,207 points, a member since September 24, 2006) posted the following:

 

Why did King David order the death of Bathsheba husband Uriahs while he was away at war?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But the end of all things is at hand:  be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:  for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  (1st Peter 4:  7-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Sure Mercies of David (09/19/2016); Iniquity Forgiven? (02/16/2016); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015); Repentance, Sin and Willpower (09/08/2015); Was David a “Good” Man? (01/13/2015); A Curse Removed (12/26/2013); Intercession (12/27/2013); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Attending Church? (11/12/2012)

 

“STORMY K”, many mature Christian believers hold that, when King David could not cover the pregnancy of Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife), and his own sin of adultery against their marriage, the King ordered the death of Uriah by requiring the commander Joab to have the troops abandon Uriah on the battlefield.  In the same way the holy writings use thousands of events, from thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years to make the character, makeup and substance of the Creator knowable, known, and “visible”, the scriptures also reveal the consequences and operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the divine order that has put forth the universe.  Sin is no material object or divinely created “thing” that may be destroyed, eliminated, or erased without an extended series of interventions from GOD.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures; and believers can not consistently and correctly recognize, respond to, and resist sin without fresh endowments of spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Such finite human tools as emotions, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology are not enough to eliminate and remove sin.  Thus, doctors, educators, lawyers, politicians, scientists, and rulers also are among the many people corrupted by sin.  Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 30:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:  2 That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt!  3 Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  4-9, KJV:  4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine:  the soul that sinneth, it shall die.  5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right,  6 And hath not eaten upon the mountains, neither hath lifted up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, neither hath defiled his neighbour’s wife, neither hath come near to a menstruous woman,  7 And hath not oppressed any, but hath restored to the debtor his pledge, hath spoiled none by violence, hath given his bread to the hungry, and hath covered the naked with a garment;  8 He that hath not given forth upon usury, neither hath taken any increase, that hath withdrawn his hand from iniquity, hath executed true judgment between man and man,  9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord GOD.

(3.)  Romans 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)  18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  3-9, KJV:  3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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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Today, focus is on the importance of understanding “spirit” for Christian belief and genuine experiences of divinity.  Sinners are encouraged to “hear the voice of GOD” by developing a consciousness of sacred spirit, rather than by listening for audible voices and other experiences through their flesh (e.g., seeing, tasting, touching).  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (Canada)” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Do you actually hear God? Question about faith?

I don’t understand how some people, if they don’t actually hear God for themselves how they can just believe in the bible because it has things like talking snakes in it, and other fairy tale like qualities.

And also just blindly follow (in my opinion) silly rules like wives should submit to husband in everything, and never divorcing.. (I don’t like divorce but I feel sometimes it’s just necessary.)

I would follow and defend those silly rules if I actually could hear him. And yes I have prayed a billion times before but never get an answer. I don’t do it sarcastically either. I do it sincerely, but I don’t hear a thing.

So my question is… Do you personally hear Gods actual voice ( not words in a book ) and if not, why do you follow the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Divine Presence and Spirit (01/18/2017); How To Know GOD? (12/12/2016); As Newborn Babes…. (10/13/2016); How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Knowing The Divine Voice? (09/02/2016); Knowing GOD For Yourself (07/13/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, in many ways the process for knowing GOD by faith is the same as that for correctly knowing Sin.  Because the daily living routines for mankind heavily rely on objects and things that are carnal, material, sensual (related to hearing, seeing, touching, etc.), and social, men must undergo permanent changes through operations by divinity before they understand that GOD is a spirit who is only knowable, known, and present within ongoing relationships that allow exchanges and interactions of spirit substances that are from the makeup of GOD.  Inseparable aspects of divine existence must be present such as duration, faith, forgiveness, grace, holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, person, presence, purity, sovereign will, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Sin also exists—has direction, effect, and a form of presence—yet, is not an object we may hold in our hand, or put in our pocket.  Sin is no thing created by GOD, opposes the continued existence of divine law, and promotes return to the conditions that were in place before the Creation.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will within the living, therefore, sin appears as blindness and ignorance.  Given sin appears as an aspect of ones own true being, many respond to sin as natural, normal, and ordinary.  Sin is not correctly recognized, rejected and resisted as contrary (we say, foreign, strange, unresponsive) to law, life, and love.

The finite human tools of emotions, intellect, logic, philosophy, science and technology do not allow mankind to eliminate sin (and so, we have scholars and scientists who also are sinners).  Sin is made known to created being and living creatures through multiple devices and mechanisms only provided by GOD.  Included are conscience; discernment; sacred law; divine order; sacred events (we say, miracles); fellowship through the imparted, indwelling spirit; and sacred knowledge shared through the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, becoming mature as one who operates under the influence of divine Spirit in place of sin, is a gradual process that takes a “lifetime” not measured by secular devices (calendars, clocks, carbon dating).  More than simply behavior must be altered.  Affection, appetites, attitudes, desires, goals, impulses, instinct, intuition, motives, all must come under Christ.)  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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Today, Scripture points are shared on being alive since the fall of Adam as a form of death.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What if we’re all dead and all our actions up to this point have just been a series of reflexes?

You know, sort of like how a chicken runs around after its head is chopped off

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); The Dimensions of Death? (04/24/2016); The Death Penalty? (10/08/2015); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013)

“Anonymous”, the holy writings contain many verses that describe the human condition since the fall of Adam as a form of “being dead” that is only reversed by divine operations such as baptism, rebirth, and resurrection.  Consider the following:

(1.)  2nd Corinthians 1:  8-10, King James Version (KJV):  8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:  9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:  10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver:  in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

(2.)  Romans 5:  19-21, KJV:  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

(3.)  1st Timothy 5:  5-6, KJV:  5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.  6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

(4.)  Romans 6:  3-6, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(5.)  Romans 6:  10-13, KJV:  10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  1st Peter 2:  21-25, KJV:  21 For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.)  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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Today, Scripture points are shared on the questionable argument that gender or one’s genitals have caused the shortcomings of mankind as a life companion to divinity.  Thinking in accordance with the flesh, a man’s body is intended only for sex, sports, warfare, and perhaps, marriage.  Yet, rightly understood, the entire human body is to be a vessel containing divine spirit.  To truly exist having eternal access to GOD, mankind must become immortal, incorruptible, spiritually pure, righteous, and undefiled.  While upon the earth, mankind can continually display material existence, life, and carnal form; however, it only ever will be spirit content from the makeup of GOD that makes possible consciousness of, exchange, interaction, and continuing relationship with the Holy.  In the same way mankind must discover GOD by encounter, growth, and revelation, mankind must come to know the possibilities and potential of humanity, and oneself as an offspring of GOD through discovery, judgment, and gradual process (we say, being born again, and growing up again).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Brian” (Level 1 with 12 points, a member since November 03, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why did God give Men a penis; knowing that not all of them would be legit in using it (marital relationship). Not all men find wives, right?

Update: I mean really: So all men That god gave penises to; and do not find wives…are doomed to hell? Little Johnny in the bathtub discovers at age 7 that a penis is more than just to pee with. All men seek after sex sooner or later; via masturbation or the real thing. Is God Setting certain men up for failure? The bible says adultery, or fornication is hell bound activity. Should we really take that serious? If so, I should cut my penis off right? Because I never had a wife.

Update 2: God should of preplanned a bit. He should of thought. ” I know this dude will never marry, so I won’t give him a penis to break my commandments” If all sheep in the flock are important to the shepard; this forsight is needed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.  And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.  (Galatians 5:  14-25, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Is Lust Condemned? (07/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); The Gender of GOD? (12/29/2015); Gender and Salvation? (10/01/2015); (The Mistakes In Youth? 08/24/2015); Sun Worship? (07/27/2015); Masturbation and Religion? (02/01/2015)

 

“Brian”, the many aspects of divine existence, life, and sacred process must also appear to created beings and living creatures as fixed conditions that do not respond to the changing desires and will of the living.  Divinity does not focus upon gender, the penis, and sexual joining as men might.  Such focus derives from aspects of “the flesh,” a peculiar life system within the full Creation characterized by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall).  Those who mock the handiwork of GOD do so as fools, ignorant, immature, those who do not know their own true place with GOD, or have rejected it, and those who are vain (i.e., lacking imparted, indwelling substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word) from the makeup of Deity).  Using the crude and finite standards of the living (e.g., academic education, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, technology) the comprehensive genius of GOD can only appear to them as unacceptable and warped.  Consider again the divine view as stated in language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 12:  17-19, King James Version (KJV):  17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.  19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?

(2.)  1st Corinthians 12:  23-26, KJV:  23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  24 For our comely parts have no need:  but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.  25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

(3.)  Isaiah 56:  1-5, KJV:  1 Thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice:  for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.  2 Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil.  3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people:  neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree.  4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant;  5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters:  I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 19:  7-12, KJV:  7 They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away?  8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives:  but from the beginning it was not so.  9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery:  and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.  10 His disciples say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry.  11 But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given.  12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb:  and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.)  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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Family life, gender, and sexual preference are considered, today.  Life as a new creation through Jesus Christ is continually attacked, confronted, and opposed by diffuse yet sophisticated systems of belief that are widely held, and on surface, are legitimate and useful.  Included are the World, the Flesh, the Great Whore, and the Devil.  Believers must stay focused to avoid becoming distracted; for those embracing the systems of disbelief usually approve and endorse one another as though they have eliminated the natural need within the created to seek, and submit to the Creator.  Bitterness, confusion, deceit, depression, hate and self-destructiveness are not being put forth by GOD.  The consciousness, goals, and values antagonistic systems provide ordinarily corrupt family relationships, home life, and the course of all emotional, psychological, and spiritual development encouraged by divinity.  Only where believers apply their endowments from GOD can those choosing to follow Jesus correctly meet the repeated challenges to display clarity, compassion, consistency, faith, godliness, purity, righteousness, stability, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Christians, what would you do if your child told you they were transgender?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Bold Step Forward? (05/15/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); The Correct Prescription? (11/19/2015); Scandal and Sin Among Believers? (06/05/2015); Making Sin Appear as Sinful? (06/07/2015); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, here are a few points to consider that, through operations of the Holy Spirit, are coming from the cross, despite barriers of time and space, along with blood, correction, and truth from Jesus Christ.  There are many intense issues to be faced by those within the body of Christ, the communities of faith, and the household of GOD who also seek gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyles.  The clear place of diversity as a value from GOD notwithstanding, demands must be addressed from disparate sources that include the divine order (i.e., male and female made he them), the natural order (male and female made he them), the “normative order” (i.e., how things ought to be), civil liberties within the social order, and the “existing order” (how things actually are given the continuing operations of sin).

Rebirth only provides comprehensive change of ones character, nature, and spirit substance (we say, one is born again).  A believer’s physical characteristics usually remain unchanged (e.g., disabilities, ethnicity, eye color, health, height, weight); and rebirth does not immediately impart full maturity, perfection, and sanctification.  The born again believer must gradually “grow up” again facing life challenges upon the earth that may include bereavement, congenital anomalies, disabilities, imprisonment, performing sacred duties, parenting, persecution, and suffering.  Even so, all believers will experience ongoing changes that will result in their final transformation at the appearing of Jesus (some say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming). 

Balance, individuality, self-affirmation, and self-esteem are gradually developed through life experience that is often diffuse and varied.  Given that many subtleties may exist (i.e., hidden differences; unseen shifts and changes), no parent can predict the final outcomes of their childrearing efforts.  Even so, they continually are to share acceptance with their child displaying genuine care and love.  Wise Christian parents are more likely to share direct instruction with their child to reinforce and support the child’s developing commitment as a disciple and follower of Jesus Christ.  In the same way it is not inappropriate that parents require school attendance, it is correct to call forth obedience to covenant agreements within the home that will delay routinely expressing peculiar attitudes, behaviors, and personal interests that are divisive of family life, and that have serious potential to appear as attacks and hostility against the larger community.  Parents may reasonably seek agreements to cooperate in Bible studies, church attendance, obeying dress codes, and practicing self-restraint regarding sexual explorations.  The parent is no less accountable for clarifying the danger of corruption, exaggerated pride, and questionable lifestyles to the child as well as for demonstrating and encouraging their offspring to internalize the “parental presence” (what to do or say, when we are not physically there with you).

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  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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Today, points are shared on the cross making sin visible as congenital, organic, and personal.  So long as sin is dealt with only using terms that are academic, analytical, distant, and impersonal, sinners will comprehend no need for atonement, propitiation, and the blessings from the cross.  Salvation will continue to them as nonsense, remote, and superfluous until they resist and restrict their own sin through change, confession, rebirth, growth, repentance, sacred practice, and sanctification.  Where the sinner can not grasp the desperate need of a murderer for pardon from GOD, the horror in a thief’s need for mercy continuing to go unanswered, and the inescapable predicament that will be faced by family, friends, and others, the sinner will continue as blind to the surpassing goodness, grace, lovingkindness, and righteousness of GOD.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (required  profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Just one thing I have trouble understanding?

Is how are all sins = when the U.S will give a murderer a higher penalty than a theif?

Also I’d rather have something stolen from me, than to be murdered. I don’t think its fair that a murderer has just as a = chance in heaven than a theif.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  For in that he died, he died unto sin once:  but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin:  but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you:  for ye are not under the law, but under grace.  What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?  (Romans 6:  8-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD’s Answer to Injustice? (04/28/2016); It Takes The Cross (04/22/2016); Sin As Our Inheritance? (06/08/2015); Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Living not Dying for Our Sins? (11/27/2014); Eternal Life By Means of Carnal Death? (11/28/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, in the same way the blood of Jesus Christ must flow from the cross in spite the barriers of time and space to immerse us within divine atonement and propitiation, disciples and followers of the Lord must be touched by the cross to realize that sin is “personal”.  Until  one acknowledges their own accountability for sin, experiences their own disgrace, guilt, and shame, or correctly responds to the threat of their own eternal separation from divinity, their hearts and minds will only be committed to argument and debate where sin as an abstraction, a weakness found only within others, and no cause for alarm or change on their own part.  Christian believers are to experience rebirth, wherein one receives a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of Deity.  Inseparable aspects of the full GODhead are imparted such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  It is the Spirit of GOD that permits us to realize the enormity of sin as a contradiction of all existence.  Because you are still operating using finite scales where sins are being measured as “bad”, “worse”, and “worst of all,” your comprehension and spiritual growth are being “stunted”.   Sin opposes the continued existence of all divine law, the Law Giver, and all Creation that depends upon law for divine order.  It is written:

(1.)  Philippians 2:  5-11, King James Version (KJV):  5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

(2.)  2nd Peter 3:  5-10, KJV:  5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  1st John 1:  5-10, KJV:  5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.  6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:  7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.)  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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