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Today, the reply shares an answer to atheists, mockers and other scorners who liken Christian belief in divinity to the fantasies of small children having invisible, imaginary friends. In addition to supplying a companion for exploration and play who helps to manage anxiety, fear and risk-taking, the device of imaginary friends appears during the course of a childs development as an expression of their need for affirmation through peers who are reflections of themselves. Those who receive rebirth through the ministry of Jesus Christ are granted a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, hope, joy, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As products of ones flesh (i.e., emotions, feelings, sensation, the mind), and as finite man-made tools to address emotional and psychological episodes, what a child imagines has no power to establish authentic godly attitudes, behavior and conduct, or to generate a continuing relationship with divinity. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, what would you say if atheist tell you to Grow up & get rid off your Imaginary Friend?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 34-39, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: From Spirit Not Mud (02/26/2019); Not By Bread Only (02/22/2019); Anger Against Our Parents? (01/10/2019); We Have To Believe? (01/06/2019); Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); Delusions and Revelation (09/23/2014)

 

Anonymous”, Christianity is one of the most challenging and comprehensive belief systems the world will ever know. Only those who are capable of making adult decisions and sound choices actually become, remain, and unselfishly serve as members within the body of Christ (his church). The followers of Jesus Christ all pass through multiple stages of organic development, discovery, gradual growth, and ordered change that may seem natural and in keeping with the usual patterns for human experience. However, the complete transformation the believer must undergo can only be accomplished through actions by divinity. To continually exist and live as a Christian demands balance, completeness, consistency, direction, focus, and stability—in a word we say, maturity. It is not enough that ones consciousness and self-will (willpower) be made receptive to divinity as an invisible, yet, active presence. Rather than finite secular knowledge such as philosophy, politics and science the believer must acquire sacred knowledge. The character, inner makeup, and sources for awareness and action within the believer must be infused with inseparable sacred substance, and reconfigured to continually display the image of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Fresh endowments of divine life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word) establish believers as vessels of divinity, the children of GOD, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Even so, those who are “born again” must “grow up again” while living on the earth to exist as mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing. Within the body, there must be full acceptance of ones own accountability; willingness to complete duty and discharge obligation; discretion; fidelity; and integrity. Perfection and the final transformation of the Christian believer to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion of divinity will be completed at the Advent of Christ (we also say, the Rapture; the Second Coming). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Proverbs 20: 11, King James Version (KJV): 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

2. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

3. Hebrews 6: 1-3, KJV: 1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 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.

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Today, the reply is on the lovingkindness of divinity being continually displayed in spite of mankind existing under conditions and laws that maintain human mortality. Just as the judgment of divinity to affirm human existence is characterized by impartiality, righteousness and mercy, all divine action and process displays impartiality, for impartiality is another inseparable aspect within the full makeup of GOD. The second death that is incurred through divine judgment completes Creation, and is not a contradiction of sacred love and eternal purpose. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Where was God when innocent people in New Zealand died? So much for being all loving.?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1st Thessalonians 4: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Suffering Among the Saved (03/12/2019); Love Shown By Divinity (03/08/2019); No Respecter Of Persons (02/25/2019); Judgment Will Occur Forever (10/10/2018); Divine Law Is Demanding (04/10/2018); Can GOD Feel Pain? (01/02/2018); The Administration Of Death (07/11/2017); Held Accountable by GOD? (03/31/2017); The Respect of Persons? (10/14/2016)

 

Anonymous”, among mature Christian believers, divinity is understood to exist as inseparable spirit substance (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, wrath against sin) that appears within the frameworks of time and space, yet, the Godhead themselves are not carnal, material, and visible using human flesh, except in the consecrated person of Jesus Christ. The impartiality of GOD that appears in ongoing and final judgment also is an aspect of divine mechanical and natural law that determine the course of mortality for created beings and living creatures. GOD does not impose death as an arbitrary personal act; and death can be the outcome of human affairs, discrete choices by individuals, and poor decision-making. Divinity should never be accused or blamed as the cause for any specific act of death and dying, for these are defining conditions for those living on the earth.

Diverse forms of independence, possibility, self-government under the dominion of GOD, and separation from the divine fullness are provided to the living. Thereby, the living may display accountability, lovingkindness imparted from the makeup of GOD, integrity, maturity, personhood, quality, self-will (we also say, willpower), soundness, value, and worth as living entities. Human potential permits the living to express their own character, makeup and nature as animal, human, or divine—sequentially (i.e., at various stages of growth, during different episodes and events, or as confusion, all at the same time).

Christian believers are to apprehend the meaning for existence, life, rebirth, and resurrection from the dead as aspects of sacred knowledge rather than worldly and secular knowledge. Thus, Christians receive comfort, healing and renewed hope from divine proclamations and promises such as the following that use language from the Bible:

1. Ecclesiastes 9: 10-12, King James Version (KJV): 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. 11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. 12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

2. Romans 8: 13-17, KJV: 13 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. 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. 15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. 1st Corinthians 15: 50-58, KJV: 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on believing as a sacred operation made in response to divine revelation, rather than an emotional, intellectual, or mental event responding to life experiences and worldly occurrences. Consciousness within created beings and living creatures must acknowledge and respond to active presence that appears as the inseparable aspects of divine fullness (we say, the makeup of GOD). While sinners will begin with ideas and understandings that are simple and easily understood, eventually they are to take on the duties and practices of mature Christian adults that are profound expressions of divine law, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of the Creator. The writer at the public forum, “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “veggiegirl777” (Level 4 with 3,344 points, a member since March 26, 2009) posted the following:

 

Why does Christianity say we have to believe Jesus died for our sins in order to be saved?

In the Bible, I have read many parts of it, it only quotes Jesus as saying you have to believe in him.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3: 16-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); Discovering The Holy Spirit (12/23/2018); The Water, The Fire (10/10/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Belief, Content And Works? (02/12/2016); By More Than Believing (12/04/2015); Foolish For Not Believing? (03/22/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013)

 

veggiegirl777”, speaking as mature Christian believers, born-again followers of Jesus should share the understanding that “belief” in Christ as Lord and Savior is more than a choice or decision grounded in logic, carnal reason, and critical thinking. Christians are to accept and undergo permanent change. The belief spoken of within the holy writings and the shared doctrine for the church speak to the need for divine process that is generated and completed through exchanges and interactions of inseparable aspects of divine fullness. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Sinners who turn to GOD will experience repentance as an operation of the imparted, indwelling Spirit, who also is a member of the Godhead (we say, divinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Most developing believers begin their journey returning to the Creator being grounded in secular knowledge, worldly practices, and transgressions of divine law (we say, sins). New believers must acquire sacred knowledge, skill performing sacred practices (i.e., sacraments such as baptism, marriage, praise, prayer), and maturity (e.g., accountability, balance, consistency, sobriety, stability). Once sinners are transformed through baptism to exist as vessels of divine life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word), they are to continue using daily routines and lifestyles that display the influence of active presence and their new relationship as the offspring of GOD, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and the new creation.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

Colossians 3: 1-12, King James Version (KJV): 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, topics include decision-making, rebirth, and the operations of will within mankind.  Our abilities and behaviors that derive from properties of the flesh include appetite, the processing of sense data (hearing, seeing, touching, etc.), and the functions of heart  and mind (e.g., emotion, imagination, recall, thought).  The choice by sinners to return to GOD (we say, repentance) is a choice to allow divinity to make multiple, permanent changes in the full pattern of our makeup and personhood.  Through rebirth, sinners are to become vessels of divine spirit, and to continue as the offspring of GOD on the earth.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “john” (Level 2 with 307 points, a member since March 26, 2016) posted the following:

Beliefs and opinions are created outside of will , so How can you choose to believe something ?

My opinions are influenced by outside forces . So I don’t understand the saying you can choose what to believe .

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  (Romans 12:  1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  There Must Be Rebirth (01/21/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Convinced/Convicted? (05/16/2017); His Birth Signals Rebirth (01/03/2017); No Repentance Without Rebirth? (12/14/2016); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Judgment Focused On Content? (08/30/2016)

 

“john”, in the “analysis” many Christian believers are willing to make, the differences between the faculties of our mind and the operations by our spirit content from GOD must be accounted for.  Conviction, decisions, and opinions are products of finite tools for human survival such as awareness, intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science, secular knowledge, and self-will (we also say, willpower).  For the sinner who seeks a correct relationship to the Creator, a divinely provided process must be entered upon wherein ones inborn life essence put forth by GOD at Creation (we say, the breath; spirit; Word) undergoes permanent changes; and the sinner becomes a “developing believer” who will begin to operate on the basis of their own fresh endowment of sacred substance imparted from the makeup of divinity.

Those who are “born-again” do not choose “to believe” so much as they choose to make commitment to new experiences of discovery, gradual growth, fellowship with other believers, and regular practices that will nourish themselves as sons and daughters of GOD (e.g., praise, prayer, study of the Bible, unselfish service, regular worship).  Those born-again also must “grow up again” and encounter “growing pains” and life challenges on the earth that include bereavement, disappointments, hardship, and suffering.  As developing believers, all are supplied with inseparable spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Even so, there are differences in their levels of ability, insight, maturity, etc.

The operations of sin may dominate consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures; yet, sin is contrary to human and divine nature.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law and promotes chaos, non-existence and the elimination of the divine order that maintains the universe.  Where believers will welcome and perform in agreement with the sovereign will of GOD they become more capable of recognizing, rejecting, and resisting sin through their lifestyle and daily routines.  With these points in mind, consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  John 4:  24, King James Version (KJV):  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.  2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.  3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.  4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  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.

 

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Today, a reply is shared on requirements for continuing satisfying relationships with divinity.  For regular communication, exchange, and interaction with immortal, incorruptible divinity, created beings and living creatures must contain measures of the same inseparable spirit content that resides within the GODhead.  Included are faith, holiness, unselfish love, presence, purpose, righteousness, truth, and sovereign will replacing self-will.  Close relationships and intimacy with those in the home (parents, siblings, spouse, etc.) involve mutual acceptance and respect that, on the surface, may look to be equality or parity, yet, only occur through discipline and the lawful exercise of authority (e.g., allowances, concessions, forbearance, permission, restraint).  Family relationships are very different from those of couples sharing courtship, development, and exploration leading to marriage as well as different from relationships that are merely for sexual exploitation.  It is by the sovereign authority of GOD that the living receive divine forgiveness that expresses lovingkindness, and that also proclaims there is mercy in judgment.  Adoption of the Spirit, covenant, rebirth, redemption, and salvation are a few of the lawful mechanisms provided by GOD to establish created beings and living creatures as eternal companions with divinity.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! 7 Answers (Australia)” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If having a relationship with God is a choice, just like having a boyfriend or girlfriend is, what makes it so different with God?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.  The LORD is good to all:  and his tender mercies are over all his works.  All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.  (Psalm 145:  8-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Different Spirit Content? (11/29/2016); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); His Children Are Sanctified (10/12/2016); The GOD Who Loves? (10/02/2016);  Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); The Seed of the Wicked (10/27/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, you seem to be lacking sacred knowledge and some very important basic ideas about divinity.  GOD is a spirit who has put forth material existence, diverse created beings and living creatures, multiple life processes (e.g., birth, aging, learning, maturity, death) as well as the sacred law and divine order that continues as our universe.  The Creator is the origin, owner, and sole sovereign authority over the makeup, purpose, and substance of all that exists.  Just as being connected in relationship with their own parents is not a matter of the child’s choice, or by the allowance and permission of the child as their seed, being in relationship with GOD is not on the basis of desires, likes and dislikes, or personal preferences.  Being in a full and satisfying relationship with Deity requires “adjustments” in how we behave, think about divinity, think about ourselves, think about others, think about time and space, understand what it is that establishes “quality” in a person’s life, etc., etc., etc.  Believers will contain and display spirit substance from the makeup of GOD such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  There will be regular communication (e.g., confession, praise, prayer, thanksgiving, worship), exchange, and interaction that focuses consciousness of GOD, and directs self-will to conformity with the revealed will of GOD.  Many young people today express disrespect and rejection of parental authority while still living in the home of their parents.  Even so, the law continues to acknowledge a clear relationship, and requires accountability and restraint from both the adults and the child.  Similarly, many deny GOD, yet, continue under the provisions of divine law, forbearance, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.  There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, those who deny GOD gradually lose everything that makes them acceptable and pleasing to GOD.  Eventually, those rejecting divine love become abominations and rubbish that are to be utterly destroyed in the second death.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, focus is on the benign limits upon mankind from relationships with the Creator.  It is not a matter of “choice” for the living to exist before divinity, for their essential being has presence on the basis of divine purposes, and sacred operations that determine duration, value, and worth.  The initial contracts between parents and their children can not be based upon desire, preference, and self-will of the infant.  Similarly, just as babies are dependent upon their parents who must shape their behavior to conform with practices and standards within the home, both believers and sinners must rely upon divinity for the order and structure necessary for life.  At no time while a child is dependent are the parents abusing, “brain-washing”, or torturing their own offspring by establishing clear boundaries and choosing opportunities on their behalf.  At no time is GOD to be regarded as a bully, a despot, or tyrannical ruler where only he continually provides and supplies the elements for peace, safety, security, and eternal life.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

If we are given the choice to serve God or not, why is it wrong not to serve Him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And further, by these, my son, be admonished:  of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments:  for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.  (Ecclesiastes 12:  12-14, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Birth, Self-will and Sin? (11/13/2016); Eternal Life From GOD (10/24/2016); Guided By Divine Truth (06/20/2016); All Sin Is Willful? (10/20/2015);  Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? 06/01/2015); Relating to GOD? (11/05/2013); Does Satan Know? (11/06/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, correctly understood, being in personal relationship with divinity entails duty, obligation, and reverence more than choice, pleasing oneself, or acting upon ones own desires and self-will.  The authority, glory, ownership, and sovereignty of GOD are absolute and supreme.  To our Creator and Maker, we are like babies who—whether they know it or not; like it or not; understand it or not—must become toilet trained and learn obedience, or puppies that must be house broken and become responsive to a leash.  As with every little one, for both believers and sinners, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, patience, mercy, and restraint must be exercised; and GOD is first revealed and made known through those things, rather than covenants, doctrine, and preaching.  Even so, mankind is being trained to develop and grow in agreement with divine law, and according to fixed and predetermined patterns that allow life experiences upon the earth that will prepare the living to permanently exist in the presence of GOD.  Mortality will be ended, and the frameworks of time and space also must be suspended, or even, eliminated.  Those who think they are existing in a world created by “accident” and “evolution”, are operating under the influence of sin that can defile, deceive, pollute and dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Without a fresh endowment of spirit content from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, gratitude, holiness, humility, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin), sinners do not achieve sacred knowledge, and so continue to behave displaying delusion, disbelief, error, exaggerated pride, immaturity, and presumption.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 3:  16-20, King James Version (KJV):  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.  19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  20 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

(2.)  Numbers 15:  29-31, KJV:  29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.  30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.  31 Because he hath despised the word of the LORD, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

(3.)  Romans 12:  1-3, KJV:  1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  2 And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Psalms 19:  12-14, KJV:  12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.  13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.  14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.)  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, thoughts are shared on what it would mean to be controlled by divine Spirit.  Christian believers are not made to behave as automatons and machines by the presence and operations of the Holy Spirit.  The living continue to have authority, coherence, integrity, and power as self-will; and the ongoing transformation of their character and nature proceeds according to their own responses to GOD such as gratitude, humility, meekness, obedience, respect, and trust.  In no way are believers dehumanized, deprived, or dispossessed.  Outside the sovereign frameworks provided by divine spirit, the platforms for existence and order are anarchy, chaos, evil, ruin, and upheaval as depicted using surrealism.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (I could care less which one) posted the following:

 

If a spirit was controlling him, he wouldn’t be choosing to be homosexual.?

 

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?  But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.  (Romans 6:  8-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Spirit Process not Feelings? (09/21/2016); The Focus Upon Spirit (09/12/2016); Use Spirit From GOD? (08/15/2016);  GOD Within Christian Believers (07/31/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); An Habitation of GOD (07/24/2016); Flesh Against the Spirit? (06/19/2016)

 

“Anonymous”, how and what divine spirit may choose is not predictable using values centered in emotion, flesh, logic, reason, physical strength, sentiment, and sensation.  Because the character, nature, operations, and substance of divinity are “spirit” (we also say, life essence, breath, sacred utterance, Word), it is no simple thing for created beings and living creatures—who exist as independent (i.e., separate), and may be carnal, material, mortal (subject to death) and of limited duration (like both angels and mankind)—to correctly be in agreement and harmony with an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Creator.  In view of the fact that spirit matter is diffuse, immeasurable and unbounded, it is more fruitful and godly for mature Christian believers to focus upon abiding as a new creation through Jesus Christ, acquiring new life, rebirth, and repentance than to dwell upon concerns such as defilement through fornication and sexual joining, same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, and sexual preferences.  Sin, the influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, also challenges the exchanges and interactions among the inseparable aspects within the makeup of GOD that pertain to eternal life.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  For finite beings, where there is no law, preset conditions, focus, form, measurable dimension, and fixed standards, chaos and nonexistence are promoted that may appear disguised as benefit and freedom.  Where awareness and self-will are dominated by sin, the living do not truly demonstrate choice.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, focus is upon the contradiction and lawlessness of racism appearing among Americans and Christian believers.  Many think of racism as a matter of their own private choice; however, racism is an obstacle to establishing spiritual assemblies and congregations that correctly carryout eternal purposes; display obedience to divine law; exercise sacred authority; and interact showing proper humility, respect, reverence, and trust.  The opportunity granted those who make up the  kingdom of GOD is not to “do as you please,” instead, it is to do what pleases GOD.  All democratic nations must reject racism; and there also should be a legitimate value to uphold a “minority right” to maintain and support positions that may be less familiar, and even unpopular.  The limits and restrictions identified through agreement, covenant, and law for the commonwealth may not be dismissed as arbitrary or vain (i.e., unfruitful; pointless; lacking genuine substance), for there must be standards and a “line that may not be crossed” that preserves the fundamental principles essential to continued association, healthy growth, and survival by meaningful relationship.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

How could there be christian racists? Does that even make sense? How can you be a christian and a racist?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.  And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,  Saying, Amen:  Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have  washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple:  and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.  They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters:  and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  (Revelation 7:  9-17, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); The Provision Against Racists? (01/19/2016); …Ears That Hear Not? (01/18/2016); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Not Yet Delivered From Racism? (12/21/2014); Racism Is Not From GOD (12/22/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, Christian belief is directed to establishing individuals within a spiritual collective, the kingdom of GOD.  Christians are “racist” only when they are described by the Scriptures as “simple” (i.e., underdeveloped; characterized by hastiness, immaturity, impurity, lacking spiritual knowledge; engrossed by spiritual confusion).  This is the same as when Democrats, Republicans, and other Americans are racist, because they flatly deny the clear standards that define our Nation, and that all born here receive as their birthright and heritage:  Racists are ignorant of the U. S. Code; insist that family, local, and regional commitments and issues are highest priority; passionately oppose the Constitution; and reject the Bill of Rights.  Similarly, racists reject covenant relationships, divine law, fellowship through the Holy Spirit, and continuous consciousness of the soon coming of Christ.  Mistaken secular notions of freedom and liberty tend to promote anarchy (a perfect condition wherein all may do as they please, and there is no need for government, law, or 3rd party interventions to resolve conflicts and settle disputes).  For spiritual believers, mistaken notions of freedom and liberty appear as atheism, idolatry, and occultism; while envy, hatred, hostility, and malice are sin, and outright transgressions of the divine command that we love one another.  The desire for control in the distribution of resources (i.e., political goals) can undermine and warp leadership.  Racism may become disguised as public policy that continues bias, discrimination, and prejudice.  The communal spirit and unity that must appear in the formation of sacred congregations and worship bodies always becomes corrupted through ethnic arrogance, exaggerated cultural pride, selfishness, and tribalism.  Those in the world system always create and seek to maintain elitism, exclusion, imbalance, and a status quo based upon money, privilege, and violence.  A sacred inheritance must come into view for Christian believers that is described more in terms of accountability, duties, obligations, responsibility, sacrifice, and unselfish service.  Consider again how racism appears and is responded to within the holy writings:

(1.)  Romans 3:  19-24, King James Version (KJV):  19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law:  that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.  20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight:  for by the law is the knowledge of sin.  21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;  22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:  for there is no difference:  23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;  24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

(2.)  Romans 3:  28-31, KJV:  28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  29 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also:  30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.  31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid:  yea, we establish the law.

(3.)  Titus 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:  11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.  12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.  13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;  14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 2:  28-29, KJV:  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.)  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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In place of foreknowledge and divine omniscience, topics, today, include human choice, the making of Israel as a nation, judgment, revelation, and salvation.  Also, there is more on all sin as the same.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Wick” (Level 3 with 1,383 points, joined 3 months ago) posted the following:

Why did the Lord need the people to remove their ornaments before He’d know what to do to them (Ex 33:5)? 

"5 For the Lord had said to Moses, “Say to the children of Israel, ‘You are a stiff-necked people. I could come up into your midst in one moment and consume you. Now therefore, take off your ornaments, that I may know what to do to you.’”

THE BATTLE AXE:  All Sins Are Equal? (06/25/2014)—(5.)  Where the holy writings speak of sin (singular, not plural) a peculiar spiritual effect and posture toward divinity should come into view expressed through, yet, different from the various offenses, behaviors and crimes that men commit.  So to speak the whole is greater than simply the sum of its parts.  All sin appears through the same inner mechanisms and operations.  All sin is directed to the same end, generates a single outcome, and is described by a single existential purpose.  All sin generates and maintains evil (i.e., arbitrary and unintended change; calamity, catastrophe, widespread destruction, upheaval), inequality (we say, disproportion, imbalance, immaturity, instability), ungodliness, and wickedness.  All sin is addressed by GOD through sacred provisions such as atonement, baptism, forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, judgment, love, and sanctification.  Just as sin opposes the continued existence of divinity, sin opposes sacred knowledge and right relationship with GOD, correct reverence, and proper worship.  See Isaiah 66:  1-4, KJV.

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  (Deuteronomy 8:  1-3, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); The Bible is Unchanging? (03/23/2014);  Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); When Does Judgment Begin? (06/27/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Why Jesus Must Be A Jew (03/18/2013); The Benefit of Grace (03/19/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013)

“Wick”, here are some points to consider regarding divine judgment and salvation:

(1.)  The people who left Egypt hoping to be led into a new land were spiritually corrupt.  While they had maintained their identity as kinspersons, families, and tribes, their social customs and worship traditions had become heavily influenced by their desire to be a part of the world, and their having been grafted (we say, assimilated) into the culture of Egypt.  Despite the demonstrations of divine wrath against the sins of Egypt, many were motivated more by a desire to escape poverty, and to possess their own property, than a desire to know, or serve the true and living GOD.  Many were still in conflict, did not understand the full commitment being required, and had not put away all their fear of the unknown.

(2.)  The revelation of GOD to Moses, to Egypt, and to all mankind is to be seen as the appearing of divinity through judgment.  Removal of their ornaments pertain to cleansing, humility, stripping away the old errors and sin as well as to being set apart for divine service (we say, anointing, consecration, purification, sanctification).

(3.)  By the Exodus, the process of divine judgment is shown as having more aspects and levels than simply condemnation and punishment.  There also are such facets as correction (we say, instruction), death with rebirth, endurance (we say, longsuffering, patience), forbearance, forgiveness, and repentance (return to GOD).  A person chooses and determines their own position and standing before GOD through their actions applying sacred knowledge, their continuing expression of attitudes and beliefs, and their responses to adversity that display the measure of divinity within themselves.

(4.)  The number of those who left Egypt with Moses is not recorded in the holy writings.  However, a census of those who would serve as the army of Israel was taken, and more than ½ million males of fighting age were mustered.  Because they lacked faith and continued under the influence of sin, of that number only two would actually enter the Promised Land and receive their divine allotment (Joshua and Caleb).  Neither Aaron nor Moses crossed the Jordan River.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (5.)  Israel was not yet a nation, and could only become a sovereign state in covenant with the Holy One by facing multiple challenges as a united collective, and remaining steadfast in relationship to one another and to GOD.  Just as divinity was being revealed using the frameworks of time and space, the nature of Israel as a people would have to emerge through repeated opportunities to fulfill their pledge to GOD.)  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