Posts Tagged ‘beliefs’

Today, reply is made to a charge that, through law and judgment, divinity operates as do terrorist groups.  Caliphate, covenant relationship, sin, and the worship of idols are topics along with reverence toward the Maker as the necessary condition wherein all created beings and living creatures are to exist.  Divine law has not been established to inhibit cleansing, correction, forgiveness, and repentance.  The operations of sin promote the elimination of divine law, Deity, and all that is, has been or ever will be put forth from GOD.  In the scheme of GOD the crime of a thief is not merely one of taking away from another some temporal object that will eventually break, or perhaps be lost anyhow.  The offense is against all law, divine order, and the universe that is laid out with myriad unseen streams in flux.  It is deceit and idolatry to promote any thing from finite imagination and mind as having authority, power, and divine substance that are to be obeyed, reverenced and worshiped as a god.  Included are buildings, family, freedom, land, military forces, money, sexual pleasure, and weapons.  Yet through sin, awareness, intellect and self-will in the living are led to manufacture abominations, abstractions, and false gods for deliverance, godliness, prosperity, and salvation.  By spiritual confusion human error is maintained as though generated from and approved by the Eternal One.  Readers are to realize, there have been caliphates before, and they failed to manifest the presence of GOD; for both mechanism and process must be of GOD.  Conflict, fear, pain, and violence can not be made to appear as the fruit of supreme righteousness.  Consider the following verses from the Bible, and the presentation below:  John 10:  9-11, King James Version (KJV):  9 I am the door:  by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.  10 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.  11 I am the good shepherd:  the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.  Also, John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.  Psalms 115:  2-8, KJV:  2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?  3 But our God is in the heavens:  he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.  4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  5 They have mouths, but they speak not:  eyes have they, but they see not:  6 They have ears, but they hear not:  noses have they, but they smell not:  7 They have hands, but they handle not:  feet have they, but they walk not:  neither speak they through their throat.  8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “King Apologist” (Level 3 with 2,013 points, a member since December 11, 2014) posted the following:

 

In the bible, God prescribes the death penalty for worshiping other gods, adultery, and homosexuality. How is that different from ISIS/Daesh?

Deuteronomy 13 says to kill those who even think of worshiping other gods (no freedom of religion)
Leviticus 20:13 says to kill gays.
Leviticus 20:20 says to kill adulterers.

Why do ISIS and God agree so much?

Update: Is there some logical reason that God once held the same opinions as terrorists?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned:   but what sayest thou?  This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.  So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.  And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:  and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.  When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?  She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:  go, and sin no more.  (John 8:  4-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Last Prophet? (09/27/2015); The Need For Divine Rule? (08/27/2015); A Christian Dictatorship? (03/05/2015); Divine Love Seen As Hate? (01/29/2015); Adam, Pharaoh and All Mankind? (01/28/2015); Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012)

 

“King Apologist”, it is very difficult for most of us to correctly speak of ISIS, or the diverse followers of Islamic belief where we are properly grounded as disciples of Jesus Christ.  The  spiritual maturity that comes by having sacred knowledge and an imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD is required to properly speak of divine intent.  Answering honestly, many would have to confess ignorance of what anyone else believes who does not demonstrate faith similar to their own, and made visible by sacred practices and works.  From my perspective as one willing to say, I am submitted to GOD (musleem) as was Abraham, ISIS advocates idolatry by focus upon a human solution (a government ruled by men; they say, caliphate) that is to be exalted above eternal purpose, divine law, and imparted Spirit.  For sake of the caliphate the living are to embrace death; forswear family, friends, homeland; deny the duty for those who are strong to protect children, civilians in wartime, the disabled, and those who are weak; and refuse all other contracts and covenants, even that of jihad-al-Akbar.

Those who left Egypt with Moses, were challenged to willingly enter agreement with a divinity whose character and nature are made known and revealed through creation, deliverance, judgment, prophecy, and covenant relationship.   Terms of the agreement included obedience to all commandments and proclamations of divine law as well as acceptance of operations by divinity to establish permanent changes within mankind upon the earth.  Israel was to become a peculiar people, and a nation formed in the image of GOD.  The new nation would be healed, purified, and set apart for continuing service and worship (we say, sanctified) through every aspect of exchange and interaction for its people.

A mixed multitude representing many nations joined those from the twelve tribes of Jacob requesting that GOD impose even the harshest punishments and death for transgression of divine law (we say, sin), rather than have GOD deny to them the special place of those who are partners in covenant with divinity.  As the instruments of Deity, the covenant people are in a process of continuous growth and transformation.  Thus, while Deity is eternal, immutable and unchanging, terms of the covenant may be altered, yet, not removed.  Responses made to created beings and living creatures appear as “new” through diversity, discovery, and the unfolding of perfection.

There is far more that must be said to fully shift a person’s understanding regarding that that is holy (i.e. having the active presence, and eternal purposes of divinity).  For example:  The sinful practices acquired by seeking to participate in the one-world empire of the Egyptians (i.e., assimilation) had to be reversed over time.  Almost immediately, while Moses was away in communion with GOD to receive the law written by the finger of GOD upon tables of stone, his brother Aaron, who was to serve as High Priest, led the people in worshiping the golden calf of Egypt.  The change we speak of only comes without upheaval and widespread destruction through grace, mercy, and divine prerogative.  Thousands of years later, 10 tribes would reject rule by the house of David.  Jeroboam, who was exiled to Egypt, would establish the Northern Kingdom (Israel); and to prevent the people being influenced by the requirement for all sacrifices to be made only at the Temple at Jerusalem, and returning to the Unified Kingdom—Jeroboam established worship of the golden calf.  Restoration for the house of David, and the continuing fulfillment of all covenant are to be seen as completely accomplished only where GOD will appear in flesh as Christ, Messiah, and Divinity Incarnate.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to be made spiritually mature.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Scripture points are shared, today, on belief, divine operations, sacred process, and salvation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Forest Toney” (Level 7 with 39,812 points, a member since February 12, 2011) posted the following:

 

God ; why do Christians believe that just because they confess that Jesus is their personal Savior that they are Saved?

For , doesn’t even Satan believe in Jesus , but he refuses to obey all of Jesus’ sayings as these Christians do too ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  (Romans 8:  5-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Ongoing and Unfinished? (11/22/2015); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); Penance? (10/09/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); Sabbath, Power, and Rest? (07/17/2015); Our Need for a Son (03/04/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013)

 

“Forest Toney”, in the same way Christian believers receive sacred knowledge regarding the character and nature of divinity, they participate in pre-determined operations and non-negotiable processes that are controlled and maintained by Deity.  The whole creation groans and travails in pain together, yet, the salvation we speak of is directed to mankind upon the earth while they live.  Such features as anointing, confession, forgiveness, incarnation, rebirth, repentance, and sanctification are established as permanent changes in ones spirit content.  Being from the level of existence that is pure Spirit, imparted, indwelling forces are to transform awareness, existence, life events, and self-will in the living.  The work of GOD and Christ go forward in terms that are more than merely emotional, intellectual and mental.  Consider again these points from the Bible:

(1.)  James 2:  18-20, King James Version (KJV):  18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works:  shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

(2.)  Romans 10:  9-11, KJV:  9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

(3.)  Romans 10:  13-15, KJV:  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

There is far more that must be said to fully shift a person’s understanding regarding that that is holy (i.e. having the active presence, and eternal purposes of divinity).  For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and willingness to be made spiritually mature.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Points are shared commenting on a wife’s emotions that result from differences in belief with her husband.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Reika” (Level 1 with 86 points, a member since April 15, 2015) posted the following:

 

Is it weird to feel offended by this? (don’t answer if you don’t believe in God)?

Me and my husband debated over religion , although I’m not religious and def. not the holier-than-thou type, I still believe in god, in a creator. Otherwise we and the universe will not exist.

Since there are many versions of the bible, the truth about God became like finding a needle in a haystack. He said that God is an “idiot”, “a ****”, “would cut his head off” and “Satan is right.”

I felt offended by this because he shows no respect for people’s beliefs, especially to a Creator who gave him and everyone a privilige to experience life, love, happiness and all the beaitiful things people take for granted.

I told him there are explanations behind people’s suffering but he won’t listen and I wasn’t forcing him to believe what I say nor listen, I even suggested we should avoid this topic because it is a sensitive matter for us.

I have my share of misery in life and lived in darkness but I never insulted God that way nor blamed him. It is not blind faith because I sought answers and came to understand why.

I’m just quite disgusted whenever he say he is a good person, trustworthy, respects people because he values respects and etc., i know he’s not perfect and nobody is but I felt offended by what he said.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:  But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:  and let not the husband put away his wife.  But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:  If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:  else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases:  but God hath called us to peace.   For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?  (1st Corinthians 7:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Why The Bible Makes Sense (09/19/2014); GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)

 

“Reika”, here are a few points shared to encourage Christian believers:

(1.)  While there are many life experiences that combine and mix various levels of feeling and thought all at one time, Christian belief requires a fundamental shift from the usual patterns that result by uniting emotional, intellectual, and psychological streams.  A person’s spirit content from the makeup of divinity must become the primary source and focus for their awareness, and for the process of their self-will.

(2.)  At birth, there are many possibilities for humans to develop and express living character and personality.  All are capable of displaying aspects of animal, human, and divine nature; and will gradually select and rely upon a unique set of fixed attitudes, behaviors, and beliefs.

(3.)  Comprehensive belief systems require more than merely correct knowledge about divine beings and gods.  There also must be commitment to carrying out defining actions, duties, and a lifestyle that consistently demonstrates the most significant meanings and values that are to be held by its followers.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Our religious beliefs are a special aspect of our full makeup as a person.  To some degree, these beliefs must be a foundation for any lasting relationship we enter.  Expressions of disbelief, disrespect and “hardness of heart” will be experienced as incompatibility, rejection, and separation.  There need not be sameness, yet, there must be mutual acceptance and oneness.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, reply is made to a teenager on being ridiculed at home for having doubts and uncertainty after “growing up” as a Christian.  While our salvation does not depend upon memorizing and quoting verses from the Bible, our ability to communicate, encourage and share with other believers in Christ often does.  Every  believer should be careful to continue hearing the Gospel to further their own and the growth of others.  Even so, many otherwise skilled parents become rooted and refuse to leave their “comfort zone” as followers of the Lord, instead of leaders who are in Christ.  They fail to properly promote the spiritual growth of their children because they behave as though their children will become filled like sponges simply by carrying their children along when they attend church.  In their efforts to become adult, be independent, and to function as full persons who can demonstrate integrity, children often enter into conflict with their parents because they correctly see the flaws and weakness in their first teachers, and feel a deep-seated need for missing spiritual content.  It should come as no surprise that the young will increasingly center their awareness upon expressing anger, arrogance, distrust, and rejection.  Because altered and defiled through premature sexual joining, encouraged by peers and unbelievers who are themselves in confusion, or influenced by popular celebrities, enemies and strangers to their well-being, the efforts of the young to break from parental controls invisibly shift to become denying and forgetting GOD.  Parents are to embrace their children as partners sharing covenant and spiritual truth whom they cultivate and prepare for a personal encounter with Jesus Christ.  Yet, children and parents alike only may endure as believers through sacred operations that can be completed only by GOD.  The things we are being given as Christian believers are indispensable for our salvation through Jesus Christ, and do not come automatically by the mechanical processes and unfolding of stages for emotional, intellectual and physical development as human beings.  Spiritual gifts from divinity are being shared among us upon the earth that can not be created or fashioned by mankind.  The process for developing skill in applying and using the things of power from GOD must unfold as change that is to be permanent, edification (i.e., an aspect of prophecy and revelation), gradual growth, and learning.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” with “T. D” their ID (Level 1 with 23 points, a member since December 17, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should I be ridiculed for my beliefs?

I am 18, and I live in a protestant family. When I was growing up, my parents indoctrinated me and my siblings with Christian teachings; quotes from the bible, proclaiming there is one true God etc. Since I was young, I adopted these things to be true, and I accepted it as fact since my parents taught me they were always right. Recently, I have really begun to question all of it. Does God exist? Why is Christianity dominant over all other religions? Are these miracles of God or are they simply coincidence? When I spoke to my parents and siblings about it, they laughed and ridiculed me. They called me an atheistic mongrel. I am just beginning to question religion in general. Does my family have to right to insult me for my beliefs? Has anyone else come from a religous family and begin to question their faith? Please help me.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness:  for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.  (Hebrews 5:  12-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Quality Time Together? (09/12/2014); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); On Youth Doing Enough (02/06/2014); Driving Under the Influence (02/07/2014); Kicked Out By Parents? (11/27/2013); Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013); Childlike Faith (10/18/2012); Why Did The Judges Fight? (10/19/2012)

 

“T. D”, here are some points of sacred knowledge that have helped many young Christian believers face the challenges necessary to accomplishing their own spiritual maturity:

(1.)  Baptism and the many sacred operations performed by GOD are more than social events, public ceremonies and fancy rituals.  In baptism there is the death and burial of ones carnal inborn spirit that responds to appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, recall) and sin (a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, and may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures). 

(2.)  While baptism results in believers having a new inner source for what will be displayed within all their living relationships, believers are at first no more than infants and newborns.  Those who are born again also must “grow up” again, so to speak, and face the same “growing pains” and life experiences as all others upon the earth.  Thus, believers also may face the disappointments that come when building a career, financial losses, illnesses, problems in marriage and parenting as well as bereavement and the loss of love ones.

(3.)  Because all Christian believers have been recruited to prepare a living harvest for GOD from the earth, all are equipped with fresh endowments of the same spirit content that originally was breathed into Adam, and appeared upon the earth through Jesus Christ.

(4.)  Being a Christian is not about competition, introspection, self-improvement, and self-promotion so much as expressing gratitude, ministering support to others through intercession, unselfish service, and heartfelt worship of GOD.  Believers receive inseparable aspects of divinity such as forbearance, forgiveness, humility, joy, love, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin that must be built up and nourished through practices such as church attendance, fellowship with experienced believers, praise, prayer, and study of the holy writings.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example:  (5.)  Being accountable and responsible for ones own beliefs as an adult also means acknowledging the peculiar duties, expectations and obligations one shares with their own family and church community.  Teens who leave the church, usually do so not having full sacred knowledge from the Scriptures, and not yet having received the imparted spirit of GOD.  As a result, they seek to meet the problems of living as an adult having only the things they were given for their childhood.  Covenant with GOD is through promise and interpersonal exchange (we say, intimacy, sharing).  A person may break their word to GOD, however, this will make them a liar and someone not to be trusted.  While GOD will not give up on the believer, it remains he must acknowledge where the believer has given up on him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Public statements from clergy, nonviolence, and necessary respect for religious beliefs are topics, today.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “V” (Level 1 with 186 points, a member since June 08, 2011) posted the following:

 

Why did the Pope recently say it’s ok to punch someone if they insulted your mother? I thought we had to turn the other cheek??? Bit puzzled.?

This is in relation to the recent tragedies in Paris

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.  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.  (Galatians 5:  13-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); On Marketing Church, and Speaking by Occasion (09/26/2013); On Titles and Respect (03/15/2013); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); My Sheep Hear My Voice (03/08/2013); Wanting To Have Our Way (03/09/2013); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012)

 

“V”, it should go without saying that to get respect, you must show respect.  Yet, as you can see in many life situations today, there are many who don’t understand and practice that rule.  Here are a few points all Christians believers must take into account when considering the attitudes, behavior and statements from clergy:

(1.)  Believers must use “discernment” (the ability to use their own spirit content from the makeup of divinity as a standard to recognize and respond to spirit content in actions, events, objects, other persons, speech, etc.) at all times.  Clergy, who serve as apostles, prophets and spokespersons for GOD, must operate through carnal, material and social situations, yet will remain individuals and finite beings.  In addition to fixed ceremonies, prayers and rituals, divine law, sacred doctrine, holy proclamations and promises, clergy may make comments that are “common sense” acknowledgments of the human condition made spontaneously, unrehearsed, and “off the cuff.”  At no time are remarks made to deny, dispute, or overturn the teachings of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  The standard from GOD for truth that clergy must maintain is the same as that for lay believers.  Similarly, the standards for interpersonal behavior and self-discipline as demonstrated among the clergy are the same for all other believers.  What all are to speak is intended to continue communication and fruitful interaction (we say, growth, learning, peace, prosperity).

(3.)  Today, when clergy are presented by broadcast and print media, unspoken and unwritten policies are being applied that serve as “editorial bias.”  The clip or sound bite chosen may not include necessary background material that should exist as the foundation for further knowledge and understanding.  The higher goals of objective journalism are replaced by the motives of befriending, engaging and entertaining audiences of hearers, readers and viewers.  Impartiality falls to increasing ones circulation, subscription rate, and income.  Controversy, negative criticism, and sensationalism become the focus; irreverence, malice, rejection, slander and suspicion—even murder—become the outcome.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The origins of anger and violence for created beings and living creatures are aspects of their flesh (e.g., appetite, sensations, and emotional/mental functions).  Because the operations of sin can dominate awareness and self-will as presumption, pride and self-promotion, believers are provided with fresh endowments of spirit content whereby they discern, recognize and resist sin.  By continuing study of the holy writings, fellowship with other born again believers, unselfish service, and regular practice of sacraments, believers are divinely equipped to correctly receive and understand the gifts and ministries from divinity that are being delivered through the instrument of clergy.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, the separation among spiritual beliefs, holiday celebrations, practices and customs for children, and racism are in view.  A “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Goku” (Level 4 with 3,583 points, a member since June 23, 2014) posted the following:

 

Christians you believe in god and satan?

Then why not Santa and Easter bunny they are also related to your festivals isn’t this racism

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.  (Colossians 2:  6-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); And This Was Good News (12/01/2012)

 

“Goku”, here are a few points on Christian belief that have released many from error, ignorance and spiritual confusion:

(1.)  The emotional, intellectual, psychological and spiritual makeup of mankind allows for multiple levels of communication, exchange, interaction, and understanding.  The idea that opposing elements and features may exist within a single, closed system has been described using many ideas you may be familiar with (e.g., cartoons, chi, dragon ball, yin and yang).

(2.)  For Christians, receiving sacred knowledge is an ongoing process of examination and judgment, learning and growth.  Ideas and information are compared and contrasted against fixed standards to determine their agreement and fit with the things of ones own spirit content.  Believers are to “prove” (test) all things, and hold fast to what is good.

(3.)  Those outside of Christ mistakenly think that divine judgment is all about criticism, damnation, hell and sin.   However, to judge is to assign value, resolve conflicts, and settle disputes by applying the law.  Cultural traditions, customs, and the things useful to develop and encourage minor children are not intended to counterfeit or replace the revealed things from GOD.  When correctly used for amusement, entertainment, and recreation, such things do not automatically damage, destroy, or impose the confusion and imbalance of racism.  Only when maliciously, repeatedly and systematically misapplied do they take on destroying value.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.) As those born again, Christians must “grow up” and mature again.  Continuing to have contact with a secular world, believers are to endure the same challenges and “growing pains” as all others upon the earth.  However, believers are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD that provides a broad and enriched perspective.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Baptism, belief, prophecy and signs are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Mandel” (Level 1 with 85 points, a member since August 13, 2014) posted the following:

 

What is the bible saying?

Mark 16:16-20
16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

According to the above,anyone who “believes” can do the following:
1.) Drive out demons
2.) Speak in tongues
3.) Pick up snakes with their hands
4.) Drink poison and will not get hurt
5.) Heal people

This makes no sense.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.  And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.  (Mark 16:  16-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Snake Handling? (02/19/2014); Doing GOD’s Plan? (02/20/2014); Recognizing True Prophets (05/02/2013); Jesus, A Party Animal? (05/03/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2014); Commanding the Storm? (05/08/2013); Death Has Been Transformed (05/09/2013)

 

“Mandel”, here are a few points that help Christian believers avoid spiritual confusion and error:

(1.)  Any one verse throughout the holy writings must be understood in the light of the passage (paragraph) where it appears as well as in terms of the full discussion the Scriptures present.

(2.)  Many of the promises of GOD are intended only for those in intimate relationship as disciples, servants, and the adopted sons and daughters of GOD.  The words of Jesus to those who would continue his living ministry from heaven upon the earth (we say, spread the Gospel) describe the divine process of signs and sacred events (we say, miracles) being used to show when a message or teaching is authentic as prophecy from GOD.  The items you list are “possibilities” to indicate divine endorsement, and not specific elements that must always routinely appear.  The same process appears with all the earlier prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, Elijah, Elisha, Jeremiah, and Malachi.

(3.)  Salvation is a divine operation, and should not be regarded as an accomplishment of finite human behavior, intellect, and will.  Belief as an active expression of faith is a product of interactions among inseparable divine substances from the makeup of GOD such as holiness, wisdom, and wrath against sin, and is not the same as belief that appears through self-will (we say, choice) or such mental activity as fantasy, imagination, logic, and reason.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  To correctly embrace sacred knowledge requires a permanent change in ones spirit content.  Various operations of divine cleansing, healing, repentance, purification and sanctification must be performed by the Holy Spirit.   Thus, the washing, drowning, and burial made visible in baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth having spirit matter from GOD) is crucial.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC