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Today, reply is on the appearance of “faith” as a divine substance and sacred process throughout the holy writings.  The process whereby divinity is made known and revealed to created beings and living creatures is one wherein multiple shifts of ones focus must occur from simple things that conform to material, mechanical, natural, and social laws to things that are completely spiritual in their makeup, purpose, substance, and operation. Sinners who turn to GOD through Jesus Christ must experience renewal of their mind and separation from things earthly to exist and become filled with inseparable aspects of spirit content from the divine fullness (we say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “ID “GRANNY NORINE” (Level 1 with 5 points, a member since May 16, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why is there no “faith” spoken of in the OT except “to come” in Deuteronomy 32:20; Habakkuk 2:4?

Never in the Old Testament is the word faith used in reference to Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, the Israelites, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. Why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And without Emunah it is impossible to please Hashem. For it is necessary for the one making a kiruv approach to Hashem to have Emunah in the fact that yesh Elohim (G-d is there), and that Elohim gives sachar (reward) to those who seek him with zerizut. (Yehudim in Moshiach 11: 6, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB): Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11: 6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: By Reading The Bible? (11/18/2018); Nehushtan, The Brass Serpent (10/26/2018); Catholic and Protestant Bibles? (10/11/2018); Abraham Demonstrates Spiritual Growth (05/30/2018); The Meaning of “Faith” (03/28/2018); Holy Writings and Spirit? (12/16/2016); Books Having Sacred Knowledge? (10/25/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015)

 

GRANNY NORINE” among mature Christian believers, concepts of diffuse sacred substances such as “faith”, “holiness”, “righteousness”, “spirit” and “word” appear throughout the recorded revelation of GOD to created beings and living creatures (we say, the Bible), and is described or spoken of using depictions and language that becomes increasingly crystallized and direct. Keeping it in mind that our focus should be on the “spirit” not the “letter”, you might be able to agree, many today err—like the Pharisees and Sadducees who contended against Jesus by promoting the law without the prophets, promoted disbelief in resurrection of the dead, and even discouraged belief in spirit presence from GOD (e.g., angels; the Shekinah that inhabited the Most Holy Place within the Temple at Jerusalem). Consider again the following that speaks of “faith”:

1. Bereshis 15: 5-7, Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB): 5 And He brought him forth outside, and said, Look now toward Shomayim, and count the kokhavim, if thou be able to number them; and He said unto him, So shall thy zera be. 6 And he believed in Hashem; and He credited [emunah (faith)] to him as tzedakah (righteousness). 7 And He said unto him, I am Hashem Who brought thee out of Ur Kasdim, to give thee ha’aretz hazot to be the yoresh of it. [Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB) Copyright © 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2011 by Artists for Israel International]

Genesis 15: 5-7, King James Version (KJV): 5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. 6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. 7 And he said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

2. Bamidbar 12: 5-8, OJB: 5 And Hashem came down in an Ammud Anan, and stood in the entrance of the Ohel, and He called Aharon and Miryam; and they both came forth. 6 And He said, Hear now My words: If there be a navi among you, I Hashem will reveal Myself unto him in a mar’ah (vision), and will speak unto him in a chalom. 7 Avdi Moshe is not so, who is ne’eman (faithful) in all Mine Bais. 8 With him will I speak peh el peh, plainly, and not in dark sayings; and the temuna (form) of Hashem shall he behold; why then were ye not afraid to speak against Avdi Moshe?

Numbers 12: 5-8, KJV: 5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth. 6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.  7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house. 8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

3. Devarim 32: 20, OJB: 20 And He said, I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; for they are a very perverse generation, banim in whom is no faithfulness.

Deuteronomy 32: 20, KJV: 20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Chabakuk 2: 4, OJB: 4 Hinei, his nashamah which is puffed up is not upright in him; but the tzaddik shall live by his emunah. [Bereshis 15: 6]

Habakkuk 2: 4, KJV: 4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

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Points are shared from the Bible responding to a question on the central concepts of Christianity.  During stages of our growth, and at certain times, various important ideas may seem more relevant to our daily lives than others.  It must be understood that salvation may only be described using a wide spectrum of equally meaningful and inseparable sacred concepts.  Both sorrow for, and wrath against sin should appear.  There must be communion, contrition, grace, perfection, propitiation, and sanctification. In addition to atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, judgment and eternal life, mature Christian believers also embrace the appearance of divinity through sacred law, rebirth, the indwelling of GOD as imparted Spirit, the Second Coming of Christ (we say, Advent) along with unselfish service as a living sacrifice through demonstration and ministry of sacred substance.  Divine love is revealed through features of Deity (we say, spirit) such as compassion, discipline, duty, gratitude, forbearance, forgiveness, and longsuffering residing within humanity (we say, flesh), rather than simply through affection, emotion, fantasy, material gifts, passion, and romance.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “cash” (Level 1 with 78 points, a member since April 05, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why are the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus such central concepts in Christianity?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  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,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  And this will we do, if God permit.  (Hebrews 6:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The God Concept? (02/13/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013); Salted with Fire? (09/24/2013); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

 

“cash”, here are a few points from the holy writings shared among Christian believers that bind us to GOD, who only could appear on behalf of all Creation as Jesus, the Resurrected and Glorified One:

(1.)  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.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.  2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:  for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  3 For ye are yet carnal:  for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

(4.)  1st Corinthians 2:  5-7, KJV:  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:  yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

(5.)  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.

(6.)  Colossians 2:  8-9, KJV:  8 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.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

(7.)  Romans 8:  9, KJV:  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 to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (8.)  1st John 4:  3, KJV:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Love has spoken.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Points are shared, today, on human error, sin, and mankind’s continuing need for sacred knowledge.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Counselor For Lost Souls” (Level 6 with 22,084 points, a member since June 10, 2013) posted the following:

 

Is the God concept the most destructive thing in humanity?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church:  who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  (Colossians 1:  10-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Believers and Evolution? (02/02/2015); Conflict Because of Religious Belief? (01/15/2015); Faith not Politics? (12/02/2014); Ye Are Not In The Flesh (12/03/2014); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013)

 

“Counselor For Lost Souls”, here are a few points to consider that are in line with Christian belief:

(1.)  Because it appears to be true that all humans come into a world that operates on the basis of continuing processes that exist before their birth, questions about the origin of life and material existence become necessary for complete and correct intellectual order.  Yet, just as the beginning of humanity is difficult to describe as having been entirely from human substance and the social order that we see today, the starting point for full sacred knowledge is not easily explained as deriving from human awareness, curiosity, or scientific observation.

(2.)  Christians are challenged to understand that GOD is a spirit who is known through effects and patterns displayed by and within created beings and living creatures, the spheres of their existence (e.g., earth, heaven, the sea, the universe), and the conditions and terms for their endurance.  Only GOD is immortal; angels and the sacred beasts of heaven are neither mortal nor immortal; and mankind is now mortal, and relies upon the frameworks of time and space to structure consciousness.  The makeup of divinity may be spoken of as consisting only of inseparable and permanent aspects of spirit matter.  Where one appears, all appear; and may vary in their balance and proportion.  Thus, faith (made up only of faith), holiness (made up only of holiness), are understood as interacting with such other spirit matter as longsuffering, love, righteousness, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(3.)  What you seem to be calling “the God concept” is what believers call “revelation”, the system of premises, principles, and sacred events put forth by our invisible Creator to establish awareness of divine person, continuing relationship with Deity, divine order, and eternal purpose.  Sin has not been created by GOD, and is neither a material or spirit substance.  Even so, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and the Creation maintained and regulated through law.  Sin within the living is self-destructive; and may not control or influence divine will.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Human error is an artifact of self-will.  The possibilities for life expression among mankind permit display of a basic and “animal” nature, yet, there also is the potential for achievement of both a distinctly human and a godly nature as well.  In agreement with the belief that mankind is the creation of divinity, correct and full attainment of acceptance and spiritual unity with GOD requires action taken by divinity as well as peculiar forms of communication (e.g., praise, prayer, promise, worship), exchanges, and interactions of spirit with flesh.  Using the finite tools of intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science, mankind can not eliminate sin.  Humanity must receive the fresh endowments of sacred substance now available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC