Posts Tagged ‘analogy’

Some points on how death, law, and sin are interwoven are  considered, today.  Also, there is more using U. S. currency to speak about full acceptance of Old and New Testament writings.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Kelvin” (Level 3 with 1,219 points, a member since August 17, 2013) posted the following:

In Christianity, is sin the cause of death?

It says in Rom. 5:12
“Just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned”

So spiritually speaking, death came to us because we sinned. Did I understand this correctly, or is it interpreted differently? Thanks

THE BATTLE AXE:  Obliged to Disregard? (02/03/2014)—(5.)  Just as signatures for the United States Treasurer and Secretary of the Treasury are affixed to each Federal Reserve Note on one side, yet applies to the other side and to every legitimate note issued, the motto, In GOD We Trust, only appears on one side of a U. S. Federal Reserve Note, yet is to be understood as in effect in all transactions where the note is used.  The many associations and historical meanings that are always an aspect of U. S. currency are invisible to those who experience only brief, or casual contact as users who “pass it on.”  Thus, many miss the appearance of the Star of David on the U. S. one dollar bill as a memorial in gratitude proposed by George Washington to acknowledge the invaluable financial assistance from Jewish supporters of the Revolution that helped establish the Nation.  A principle is in place that our knowledge of such fascinating facts and fine details come only by continuous growth and learning.  Applied to our duty as Christian believers accountable for both old and new covenant truth, there absolutely must be careful study of the holy writings.  Similar to our error in thinking the New Testament annuls, destroys or replaces the Old Testament, at some point in our growth as Christian believers, many make the mistake of thinking that, because we now have received the Holy Spirit, we no longer need the Bible and other holy writings.  Having discernment, believers realize this is no different than an admonition, never believe that we do not need one another:  Forsake not the assembling of ourselves together.  (See Ephesians 2:  8-22, Hebrews 10:  19-29 and Hebrews 11:  32-40, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.)  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.  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound.  But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Romans 5:  17-21, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); The Power of Death? (10/01/2013); Divine Love Revealed? (10/02/2013); Dying in Terror and Joy? (09/28/2013); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013)

“Kelvin”, there are many points of truth that must be fitted together for a complete and correct answer to your question; and, for Christian belief the simple language of “cause” and “effect” must often be avoided.  Here are few points that usually pierce the enemies of the cross, yet, should prove useful as believers continue their studies:

(1.)  For many, sin is an artifact (some say, by-product, or unintended result) that came by establishment of multiple created beings and living creatures having awareness and self-will that operate as distanced, separate and set apart from the Creator.  Others hold that sin is an artifact of divine law, the expressed or spoken will of GOD.   (They avow, where there is no law, there can be no transgression).  Also, it is believed that sin is a residue of the chaos and disorder that was in place before Creation.

(2.)  Sin is not a material or spirit substance from GOD, or anything fashioned by the Maker.  As such human intellect, logic, reason and science are useless to remove sin.  Sin may be detected and recognized using tools provided by GOD, however, sin can not be suddenly eliminated without a total upheaval of all cosmic and divine order.  Sin has no dimension or divine substance, yet, sin has direction, effect and presence.  Sin opposes the continued existence of all divine law, of the Law Giver, and of all Creation.

(3.)  Mankind was fashioned as mortal, and subject to completion through death.  Holy angels (called, ministering spirits), sacred beasts and others that appear in the place of full divine presence (we say, heaven) were fashioned as neither mortal nor immortal, and are totally different from mankind as life forms.  Sin was first discovered among the holy angels as opposition to divine law, and later appears as defiance, rebellion, and corruption of mankind through deceit and unlawful influence.  All living beings endure as vessels bearing divinity, and expressions of divine prerogative.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Through the ministries of Jesus Christ, mankind is being transformed, and will ultimately become immortal and incorruptible, not subject to sin.  At this time, believers receive fresh endowments of divine love and spirit content (we say, an imparted, indwelling Spirit, the Holy Ghost) that operates as the will of GOD, and establishes greater resistance to sin.  Despite continued challenges and problems all face due to sin, a believer’s eternal life has already begun; and death is only a temporary interruption, or sleep.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Addiction and alcoholism are used considering salvation, today.  Also, there is more on entering covenant and having genuine relationship with GOD.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” with the ID “badwolf” (Level 1 with 104 points, a member since September 21, 2013) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers UK & Ireland:

If jesus did for all our sins,how can god then put conditions on that sacrifice.he either died for all or not?

even for my filthy sin of atheism

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TWO “.There are no conditions on God’s forgiveness. But one must believe that Jesus Christ.”.
really….. you don’t see the hypocrisy in that statement

apostle ..sin is sin …are you saying that god sent his son just for the people he thought deserved saved…that you cant change your ways…and even if you did ..you still get refused because of past sins before you came to christs teaching…is that what you are saying

THE BATTLE AXE:  Covenants and Relationships (01/29/2014)—(5.)  There are many peculiar names and phrases to describe the truth that mankind is to exist as a companion to immortal, incorruptible GOD.  Included are children of GOD, eternal life, oneness, new creatures, and vessels of the Holy Spirit.   What Christian believers receive as the record of divine actions that have occurred in heaven and upon the earth on behalf of mankind (the Bible), documents multiple divine interventions, sacred events, and ongoing processes that are making permanent changes in created beings and living creatures.  Mankind is being transformed by divinity to continue its existence as “everlasting.”  Examples and portrayals are provided that depict such elements as awe, decisiveness, humility, incorruption and reverence as well as right relationship taught through apostles, disciples, spokespersons (we say, prophets), faithful stewards, and trustworthy witnesses.  Almighty GOD always will have authority, dominion, glory and sovereignty above all throughout the spheres of existence.  Mankind is to continue in communion with GOD, yet, will never be in sameness as an equal or peer to GOD.  See 1st Timothy 6:  12-16, 2nd Timothy 2:  19-26 and Revelation 2:  10-11, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.  Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.  Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.  Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.  They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.  (Proverbs 23:  29-35, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); Life Choices (12/14/2013); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013)

“badwolf”, here are a few points to consider that are shared in the forms of analogy and “parable” that breaks it down for those who are not Christian believers:

(1.)  Salvation that is atonement and propitiation for sins by the shed blood and broken body of Jesus Christ compares to a long-time alcoholic being granted a lifetime supply of milk at no cost.  He (or she) is accountable for their choices to drink milk instead of liquor, and vice versa.  The milk itself does not accomplish a permanent change in attitudes, behavior and conduct so much as does the exercise of faith, godliness, intelligence, and focused self-will.

(2.)  Given that alcoholism and other forms of addiction are self-destructive, interventions by family members and concerned others are only labeled as “oppression” due to immaturity, sickness, and warped understanding.  Atheism and sin are similarly suicidal, for both oppose the operations of divine law, the continued existence of GOD, and all possibility for permanent benefit to the aspects of divine Creation.  The exercise of divine authority in judgment is not a violation of divine love, or of rights and privileges for created beings and living creatures.  Saying this another way:  According to intellect, logic, reason and science, it is stupidity to suggest that “GOD” (meaning the one sovereign, supreme and above all others) can be denied authority and prerogative by those beneath him.

(3.)  Alcoholism (also called “Jellinek’s Disease”) is so difficult to remove because the metabolism and physiology of the patient’s body must be changed, and restored, not simply their diet, their habits, and their knowledge.  Similarly, for salvation, one must be born again from divine DNA, so to speak.  Through baptism provided by the ministries of Jesus Christ, there can be a fresh endowment of divinity.  Included are such inseparable aspects of sacred content as faith, forgiveness, gratitude, holiness, joy, longsuffering (we say, endurance), truthfulness, wisdom, wrath against sin, and zeal.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  For those established in the righteousness of GOD through Jesus Christ, arrogance, haughtiness and foolish pride are also labeled “drunkenness” and “inebriation”.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the Lord.  (Proverbs 21:  30, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Understanding the appearance of GOD in the person of Jesus Christ is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on why Christians pray for others.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Yeah” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since July 14, 2013) posted the following:

Christians, how can a man be God?

How could Jesus Christ be God?

THE BATTLE AXE:  Why Christians Pray for Others (01/12/2014)—There is a human need for truth regarding divinity.  GOD has provided a lamb; and the focus for those for whom prayer is made is not to be the one who offers prayer on their behalf; it is to be upon the one who hears and receives such prayer.  The careful examination of divinity permits a higher grasp upon the many possibilities for what it is to be completely human.  Spans for the single bridge that ensures communication among us are shared conditions, shared experience, shared purpose, and common truth.  Nourishing and protecting the diverse and multiple aspects of our spirit will always be a necessary part for human perfection, and survival.  Those who appreciate this fact, do not impose or intrude any burden upon others that may be called oppression.  In a society that may continually challenge, discount, ignore, and overlook what we regard as our greatest gifts and talents, it is a benefit to be reminded others do care, and make peculiar efforts on our behalf that we might have life more abundantly.  See Isaiah 53:  6-12, Isaiah 59:  9-19, Luke 22:  32 and Romans 8:  34, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  (1st John 5:  7, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fullness of GODhead (01/09/2014); World Without End? (2014); Only One GOD (09/14/2013); Weed and Godly Wisdom (09/15/2013); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); A Man in Heaven? (09/23/2012); Aliens? (09/24/2012)

“Yeah”, Christians accept many ideas and statements as truth on the basis of their agreement with various powerful ideas that go beyond emotional, mental and physical activity to describe spirit aspects of human experience.  For those who are simple, and not aware of the broad range of meanings and values that must be taken into account, basic explanations must be offered that depend upon intellect, language, logic, and reason.  For example, a believer might offer an analogy saying, Consider the officials on the football field.  During the course of a playoff game the officials have full authority and power.  Once they leave the stadium, however, they are merely ordinary citizens in the community (we say, they are nothing).  The location as well as the function and the role they serve in determines their identity, and who they are in relationship with others.  To speak of GOD as Savior, sovereign and supreme requires a similar understanding of locations, functions and relationships.

For those who have received a fresh endowment of the Spirit from GOD through the ministry of Jesus Christ, GOD is known as a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures as well as the environment and material objects that makeup the sphere of their existence.  The active presence of GOD is discerned and recognized by the appearance of divine operations, sacred events, and eternal purposes.  Included are atonement, birth, covenant, death, forgiveness, gratitude, incarnation, love, prayer, praise, promise, prophecy, rebirth through baptism, judgment, reconciliation, revelation, resurrection, sanctification, and utterance.

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, one first must acknowledge and respect the measure of divine spirit that resides within themselves to rightly comprehend Almighty GOD appearing in flesh on behalf of all Creation.  Sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, all life, and all divinity is not itself a being, nor is it a physical or spiritual thing created by GOD.  Yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures despite their intellect, logic, reason and science.  Sin may not be totally eliminated without overturning all existing order; and is carefully limited and resisted through the provisions from GOD in Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.  He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  (2nd John 1:  9, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC