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A depiction of the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican

 

Today, reply is on spiritual authority, humility, and responding to the challenges, criticism, and condemnation of Christian believers by secular people in America. The class of “secular people” is understood as a broad social segment that may include agnostics, atheists, complainers, disbelievers, idolaters, mockers, murmurers, scorners, and those who routinely judge others. Without discernment that develops gradually through practice, even mature Christian believers can not correctly and consistently identify those who are the true vessels of spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Sinners who become “born again” are not immediately flawless or perfected; and all are cautioned against judging one another. Aspects of ones inborn spirit (e.g., pride; selfishness; stubbornness) may continue to oppose the fresh endowment from GOD indefinitely. The born again also must “grow up again;” and become mature/ripe for harvest at the coming of Jesus. While gradually growing as developing believers, there will be many times they will come under chastisement from GOD. Thus, it is written: Psalms 19: 12-14, King James Version, 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. A writer in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “JSG” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since March 28, 2019) posted the following:

 

Christians: Why do secular think they have a right to tell Christians how to act and what to do?

Hi. I am a Christian and I don’t get it. I am an American and Americans have freedom of religion and freedom of expression. When secular people express their views and opinions that seems to be fine, but when a Christian does the same thing, especially when it’s about something he doesn’t like, it seems like sometimes secular people are quick to vilify him?

Why?

Some secular people are quick to tell Christians what the Bible says. I wonder where they get their nerve from.

If you’re not Saved and you’re trying to tell me what the Bible says, I’m not interested in what you have to say. That’s not a secular person’s place to try to tell me what the Word says, or to tell me to adhere to the Word.

Please help- thank you.

Update: Christians: Why do secular people think they have a right to tell Christians how to act and what to do? – FIXED.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Suffering Among the Saved (03/12/2019); Divine Fruit From Suffering? (12/19/2018); Serving In Christian Relationships (08/31/2018); Recognizing True Christian Prophets (02/26/2018); To Bear Wrongs Patiently? (02/13/2018); Rebirth, Growth and Transformation (09/29/2017); Driving Away the Enemy? (09/15/2017); Testing and Divine Process (06/12/2017); The Gift of Humility (02/19/2017)

 

JSG”, among Christian believers correction, edification, and even healing come by the holy writings; you may find the following is helpful:

1. Proverbs 9: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

2. James 1: 22-26, KJV: 22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.

3. Hebrews 12: 1-8, KJV: 1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. 4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Luke 18: 9-14, KJV: 9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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The End Times

 

Today, reply is on discerning the end times in agreement with sacred knowledge and divine process, rather than in accordance with natural events and human affairs. While Christian believers are recruited to plant, water, and labor for a divine harvest, believers can do nothing to bring about the end so much as they are to appear in judgment as eye-witness to the righteousness of GOD. Believers are not to request displays and interventions by GOD to establish the legitimacy of things already “finished” by having been once and for all divinely proclaimed, promised, and prophesied. Ones certainty, conviction and ability to discern the presence of sacred operations and spirit content from GOD within events, other persons, practices, etc., must derive from faith and other inseparable spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “I trust the count” (Level 7 with 277,497 points, a member since March 02, 2006) posted the following:

 

Do you believe we’re nearing the end times?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed. (Matthew 16: 1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Prophecy And Divine Process (04/15/2019); The Solutions From GOD (04/03/2019); His Words About Returning (12/02/2018); “The End Is Near” (03/14/2018); Recognizing Jesus in Glory (02/05/2017); Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Filled With The Cross? (04/17/2016); About The End Of The World (08/30/2015)

 

I trust the count”, currently, many are seeking to identify the end times on the basis of worldly and secular knowledge, or carnal, material, social, and even weather events (e.g., hurricanes, tornadoes, storms), rather than rely on sacred knowledge and spiritual proclamations, promises and prophecies existing among us. Yet, the end times signal upheaval no more than the labor pains that ordinarily accompany birth. The multiple streams of sacred truth that address end times for those on the earth include prophecy, revelation, and visions. The sacred character, process, and substance of these different forms of divine communication result in different levels of awareness, emphasis, and focus on the end times. For many, the holy writings address the resolution of human conflict, the elimination of sin, and the settlement of all disputes among the living. For others issues of apocalypse, final judgment, and eternal life are in view. Still others, acknowledge the fulfillment of eternal purpose wherein the living GOD is exalted and glorified having dominion and sovereignty over all that exists. Where men examine end times events and issues as a matter of their own condemnation and punishment for sin, they tend to become disheartened, fearful, and weak in faith. Where it is understood that divinity receives release from continuing confrontation, controversy, and lingering dissatisfaction from the earlier Creation, awareness will should turn to faith, hope, joy, trust and eternal companionship with immortal, incorruptible divinity. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Matthew 24: 3-13, King James Version (KJV): 3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

2. Matthew 24: 21-31, KJV: 21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. 22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. 23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 25 Behold, I have told you before. 26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. 29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

AN AFTERTHOUGHT: There are multiple meanings in use where Christian believers speak of “the end.” When referring to “end times,” many intend the period leading up to the final completion or fulfillment of prophecies and visions that are recorded in the Bible. Destruction, punishment, the second death, and the termination of duration and existence for the devil, for sin, and for the man-made belief system intended to ensure human survival (we say, the world) also are the focus for many presentations. Christians are cautioned to remember that their salvation begun through repentance and rebirth is an eternal life that is a new creation. When the end of mortality appears, followers of Jesus Christ will be continued through judgment, resurrection, and transformation to exist as life companions to immortal, incorruptible divinity. Nor will there be an end to the immutable, unchanging word of GOD.

 

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Today, reply is on the response made by the early church at Corinth to condemn and correct the open practice of adultery and fornication. A Christian community is maintained and preserved by the presence of features that otherwise generate division and schism (e.g., consensus; hierarchy; judging others; shunning; sorrowing for sin). The exposure of errors and sin committed by one believer within the church is to mobilize every believer to acknowledge those in whom godly authority has been invested, to examine themselves for spirit content from divinity, and to renew their full commitment to the entire sacred body. The primary goals for the church when responding to transgressors are to be correction, edification, displaying mercy in judgment, reconciliation and spiritual growth, rather than final judgment for the spirit within another member, excommunication, expulsion, and punishment. Forgiveness and soul-winning are to continue; even so, sinners are to be denied opportunities to influence doctrine, fellowship, and the ongoing sanctification of the body. It is written: 2nd Corinthians 13: 5-10, King James Version (KJV): 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection. 10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Did they put that guy out of his church at 1 Corinthians 5:13?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. (2nd Thessalonians 3: 6-16, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Responses To Clergy Scandals (03/28/2019); The Revelation of Mercy (01/28/2019); Why Punishment After Death? (11/23/2018); That GOD Is Judge (11/01/2018); Transgression of Sacred Law? (10/25/2018); Be Not Unequally Yoked (04/16/2018); Sprinkled, Immersed, Named? (02/01/2014); Forgiveness Through GOD? (02/02/2014)

 

Anonymous”, consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. 1st Corinthians 5: 1-5, King James Version (KJV): 1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2. 1st Corinthians 5: 9-13, KJV: 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

3. 1st Corinthians 6: 18-20, KJV: 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

4. Matthew 18: 15-17, KJV: 15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Galatians 5: 19-21, KJV: 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 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.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, the first day of the New Year 2019, reply is on divine forgiveness and the workings of sacred law. Divine justice is to be understood as the fulfillment and product of all sacred proclamation, promise and prophecy, the full manifesting and revealing of the consecrated Word. The attitudes, behavior and conduct of men are not justified by their obedience and performance of the law given by GOD; and final judgment is not to vindicate the works of mankind so much as to show that divinity and sacred law are justified and vindicated. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Dark Places” (Level 4 with 2,894 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following:

 

Is forgiveness true justice?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 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. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (1st Corinthians 3: 11-15, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Judgment Perfects Divine Revelation (12/18/2018); The Vengeance of GOD? (10/01/2017); Divine Forgiveness Not Enough? (09/22/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); Salvation Goes Beyond Forgiveness (06/30/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); Law, Vengeance, and Punishment? (09/30/2016)

 

Dark Places”, be encouraged! Here are some points that may be new for you in this New Year. Divine judgment must appear for the full revelation of divinity that draws created beings and living creatures to GOD. More completely and directly than in Creation and Salvation, the righteousness of GOD appears through Judgment. Even so, human justice often presents a narrow focus of establishing equality (we also say, fairness; parity) between victims and their attackers: The goals may be to demand payment and recompense, to execute retaliation, or to punish and force the attacker to suffer at least to the same extent as the victim has done (i.e., eye for eye, tooth for tooth). Among Christian believers, authentic justice appears only through the systematic operations and hallowed substance of law from GOD that make visible the divine prerogative, sacred personhood, eternal purpose, and sovereign will of GOD.

Forgiveness is in accord with judgment to affirm and support continuing communication, exchange, and interaction (we say, relationship) of the Creator and the created both in heaven and on the earth. In its form as an ongoing divine process, judgment does not always appear as a formal tribunal, yet, always serves to resolve conflicts and settle disputes through the application of divine law. Final judgment appears as an examination of credentials for those to have place as joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and for the lawful distribution of inheritance and reward (e.g., allotments within the New Jerusalem; the sharing of land on the earth made new; the provision of immortality).

Authentic justice must go beyond hunting down criminals and law enforcement against wrongdoers. Rightly understood, breeches of divine law have impact throughout the universe that can not be recognized and seen always among men. Thus, divine judgment that also embraces things that remain unseen is always a blessing. Through judgment that includes forgiveness, mercy, and reconciliation there are to be gratitude, joy, healing and renewal of healthy relationships. Peace and a return to stability are only through judgment, never from war that begets more war. Justice will also reaffirm (we say, repair; restore; revive) divine order and the codes and standards that have been broken, denied, transgressed, and violated.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, as the origin of all who exist and have life, divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) also locates created beings and living creatures within frameworks of time and space, and determines their fruitage, possibilities, and suitability for everlasting duration. Unlike human compassion that appears on the basis of empathy, like-mindedness and feeling, mercy appears for balance and completeness in judgment along with attention to detail, disclosure to maintain and manage the scope of inquiry, forbearance, impartiality, longsuffering, respect, and restraint.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Against The Spirit

 

Today, New Year’s Eve and the final day of 2018, reply is on how the present character and process of Creation is contrary to the makeup, nature, and substance of divinity. Conflict, contention, division and opposition are more the product of lust and striving within the flesh that continue the conditions of chaos, confusion, and flux that were in place before the founding of heaven and earth. Thus, it is written: James 3: 13-18, King James Version (KJV): 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum using the ID “Gardyloo” (Level 2 with 445 points, a member since June 23, 2018) posted the following:

 

Christians say they have different understanding because of our egos interfering with the spirit. Why is the spirit weaker than our egoes?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me; And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity: Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land. The land also shall be left of them, and shall enjoy her sabbaths, while she lieth desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity: because, even because they despised my judgments, and because their soul abhorred my statutes. And yet for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 26: 40-45, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); Appetite and Human Sexuality? (10/19/2018); Holy Boldness and Humility (10/04/2018); And There Was War? (06/12/2018); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); Whoso Keepeth His Word (03/09/2018); What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018)

 

Gardyloo”, here are some thoughts that may not be familiar to you. In Christian belief, the operations of sin within mankind have rendered the Creation of GOD dependent upon elements for existence that are not responsive to divine will. The character, nature, process and substance of created beings and living creatures now are directed to aspects of consciousness and self-will (we also say, the exercise of willpower) in agreement with laws, opportunity, possibilities and principles that are primarily carnal, material, social, and temporal. By operating in accordance with mechanical and natural law, the living surrender apprehension, dominion, and ownership of things that are inseparable aspects of divine fullness (we also say, divinity; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit). Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, sacred personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

In the same way intellect, logic and science, critical thinking, or academic and secular knowledge do not eliminate appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), or the features of emotion/mind (e.g., anger, desire, fear, imagination, recall), our finite human tools and traits such as pride, self-awareness, and self-importance do not provide the mastery and sacred knowledge important to realizing a healthy and satisfying ongoing relationship with GOD. Authentic and genuine humanity is required that displays such features as accountability, balance, commitment, completeness, consistency, godliness, integrity, maturity, sobriety, and stability. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. John 3: 1-6, King James Version (KJV): 1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. 4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? 5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

2. John 1: 11-13, KJV: 11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

3. 2nd Timothy 1: 7, KJV: 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

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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A depiction of the Levite whose concubine was attacked at Gibeah by men from the tribe of Benjamin.

 

Today, points are shared on topics that include accountability, covenant law, priesthood, reconciliation, and sacrifice within marriage. Divine justice and the sacred process of judgment are ongoing, and do not depend upon human institutions, politics, or secular knowledge among men. Early Israel was not organized as a kingdom, and neither law enforcement nor judgment were administered by a centralized government, or by one who was anointed to be chief and ruler. Their struggle continued to complete driving from the Promised Land the original nations that were in covenant with GOD. The voices of those serving as Levites, priests and deliverers (judges) were often contested. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Pat C.” (Level 7 with 49,625 points, a member since December 10, 2011) posted the following:

 

What’s the moral of the story of the Levite and his concubine? It’s ok to send a girl out to be raped all night then cut her into 12 pieces?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And it came to pass in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite sojourning on the side of mount Ephraim, who took to him a concubine out of Bethlehemjudah. And his concubine played the whore against him, and went away from him unto her father’s house to Bethlehemjudah, and was there four whole months. And her husband arose, and went after her, to speak friendly unto her, and to bring her again, having his servant with him, and a couple of asses: and she brought him into her father’s house to Bethlehem Judah, and was there four whole months. (Judges 19: 1-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: That GOD Is Judge (11/01/2018); Divine Law Is Demanding (04/10/2018); A Lawless, Violent GOD? (11/16/2017); Making and Keeping Justice? (05/25/2017); No Excuses For Judgment (07/26/2016); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Why GOD Does Not Tell All (09/11/2013)

 

Pat C.”, here are some points of consideration shared among Christian believers that provide divine correction and proper understanding for the account you refer to from the Book of Judges that resulted in civil war, and the near destruction of a single tribe:

1. The framework of divine law is provided to permit choice guided by consciousness and self-will, rather than appetite, sensation, emotion, and mind. In the language of the holy writings, the hosting of sin within the heart and pursuing the operations of sin appearing as desire are iniquity, lawlessness, and wickedness. It is because of sin that divine instruction and law have been proclaimed for created beings and living creatures.

2. While an entire generation of those from Egypt heard the voice of GOD proclaiming covenant law for their affiliation with divinity and for themselves to continue in association with mankind as a full nation rather than a family or collection of tribes, a single figure (monarch) or mechanism to enforce the sanctions within the law was not established.

3. The pattern for government provided by Moses centered in collective worship with the daily and routine resolution of conflicts and the settlement of disputes being performed through the system of captains and judges over units that increased in size (10s, 20s, 50s, 100s, etc.). Every member within the camp was to respond with self-government displayed as commitment, conscience, faith, and obedience to the law.

4. The pattern for holy matrimony in the Scriptures is that of offering and sacrifice wherein a woman leaves her mother and father; is joined to her husband to be one flesh before GOD through operations performed by the Spirit; comes under the authority and law of her husband; and continues in shared, unselfish commitment.

5. Outrage, transgression and violations of the covenant law were to be published and reported throughout the entire covenant community as admonition, correction, guidance, and rebuke.

6. The wife who left her husband and returned to her father’s house (we say, returned home) is characterized as having “played the whore” (i.e., offered herself as a sex object and romantic partner to men outside the marriage relationship for gifts, goods, favor, payments, etc.).

7. The 27,000 men of Benjamin refused to be held accountable, or take responsibility to investigate and punish the crime that had been committed among themselves; and the tribe determined to withstand the condemnation of the more than 400,000 fighters with the collected elders and spokespersons of the covenant.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 8. During the course of warfare, the combined tribes pronounced a curse on Benjamin, and swore to never intermarry with that tribe; however, when only 600 men from Benjamin survived the armed conflict, a solution through marriage was chosen to continue their divine inheritance, and repopulate their lands.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Love Fulfills Law

 

Today, reply is on how sacred law that is to manifest divine authority, power, and displeasure is not inflexible, oppressive, and rigid, for divine law is mediated and softened through multiple aspects of divinity.  Included are faith, gratitude, humility, mercy, personhood, respect, righteousness, trust, and wisdom.  To address every detail of Creation establishing oneness without sameness the law must be comprehensive, diffuse, and spiritual.  There can be neither justice nor peace without the correction and guidance of godly law.  Where divine law may be thought of as fixed and immutable, the divine fullness yet should be understood as fluid, capable of spontaneity, manifesting faithfulness, and relying on diversity rather than change.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” using the ID “Bruce” (Level 7 with 111,029 points, a member since August 12, 2007) posted the following:

Is God a comforting fantasy, or is he a jealous, vindictive bully? Aren’t these contradictory accusations?

If God is demanding and willing to send his enemies to hell, he is hardly the wish-fulfilling sugar daddy envisioned by Freudians. Dawkins’s diatribe at least recognizes God is someone to be feared, as Jesus taught.
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THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I know, O LORD, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.  (Psalms 119:  75, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Opposing The Divine Will (03/30/2018); Sacred Law and Practice (02/12/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Jesus Came To Fulfill? (01/16/2018); Thoughts On Divine Personhood (12/07/2017); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); Balance, Forgiveness and Justice (08/08/2017); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015)

 

“Bruce”, among most mature Christian believers divinity is not experienced as a bully, a tormenter, or a tyrant.  The gentleness, goodness, and lovingkindness of GOD is real.  Those who attack GOD as being cruel, harsh, and unfeeling usually do so expressing disbelief, ignorance, or spiritual confusion.  Perhaps, the true target for their complaints should be the divine law, for the law is holy, perfect and unyielding, and is designed to express wrath against sin.  It is the personhood of Deity that puts forth the law, administers, and applies sacred law.  Therefore, divine judgment also; includes inseparable aspects of divinity such as forbearance, forgiveness, longsuffering, mercy, and righteousness.

The demands of divine law are correctly discerned and recognized as challenging, exacting, and rigorous.  Because the law is impartial, the law may appear to be indifferent and unresponsive to aspects of the living that make one prone to error and vulnerable.  Included are desire, feelings, ignorance, imagination, lust, and uncertainty.  Sacred law makes known and reveals the sovereign will of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit).  Law imparts sacred knowledge to  created beings and living creatures that pertains to the character and nature of the active presence who is GOD, their eternal purposes as well as their continuing operations and process.  The law describes and proclaims patterns and requirements for maintaining balance, completeness, communication, and stability within covenant, familial, and promissory relationships with GOD. 

GOD is not in conflict with divine law, yet, through the operations of sin mankind is.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.  Without divine law, and fresh endowments of imparted, indwelling Spirit from divinity, the living fail to correctly grasp that sin is contrary to their own existence and survival.  Sin may not be eliminated or removed by relying on finite tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, carnal reason, science, and self-will (will power).  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Leviticus 19:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy:  for I the LORD your God am holy.  3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths:  I am the LORD your God.

(2.)  Leviticus 20:  6-8, KJV:  6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.  7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy:  for I am the LORD your God.  8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them:  I am the LORD which sanctify you.

(3.)  Psalms 101:  1-8, KJV:  1 I will sing of mercy and judgment:  unto thee, O LORD, will I sing.  2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.  3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes:  I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.  4 A froward heart shall depart from me:  I will not know a wicked person.  5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off:  him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.  6 Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me:  he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me.  7 He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house:  he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.  8 I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, KJV:  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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