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Today, reply is to the suggestion that Adam was imperfect long before their Fall by eating the forbidden fruit.  Mankind and sacred law have crystallized a divine concern and focus on sin.  However, in agreement with divine prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will, possibilities for contradicting, contrary, negative and opposite states should never appear as natural and normal aspects of existence.  Through the law, the living are provided with admonitions, sanctions, and information about the benefits from obeying and penalties from disobeying the divine will.  Thus, before any act of disobedience was committed, the pair had been told that death would follow.  Error and possibilities for wrongdoing existed before divine law and complete sacred knowledge regarding sin began to be transmitted to mankind; and, initially, there was no eternal purpose that created beings and living creatures resist sin, or that divinity eliminate sin.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “NB” (Level 4 with 3,755 points, a member since December 15, 2012) posted the following:

 

Had Adam and Eve already been imperfect before they ate the forbidden fruit?

Somehow, a corrupt being entered the sacred garden of Eden, and he succeeded in persuading the first woman, Eve, that the fruit would bring her benefits. We have, then, that the mortal being (human) was created in the image and likeness of God, so it’s thought that as such Eve would not be deceived, nor would Adam believe what Eve said, for both would have the wisdom to realize that they were being deceived by the snake (Satan, roughly speaking).

We also have that, if this is true, then the snake was able to deceive the mind of one who was created by a perfect being (God), then his strength would be extraordinarily greater. Besides being able to enter the sacred garden, of course, knowing that God, considered omniscient, could see him there and have him expelled.

Was it all deliberate, then? Did God indirectly wanted Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit? There’s no reason in a place like the Paradise to have a tree that could not even be touched, with fruits that could not be eaten.

PS: english is not my mother language, sorry

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.  But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.  What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.  But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead.  For I was alive without the law once:  but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.  And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.  For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.  Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  (Romans 7:  5-13, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Operations of Sin (07/25/2017); Christian Beliefs About Sin (07/20/2017); On Law and Sin (06/07/2017); Corruption of Ones Spirit? (05/14/2017); That GOD Is Immutable (05/04/2017); Did GOD Lose Control? (03/23/2017); Our Beginnings Were Perfect? (12/14/2015); The Origin of Sin? (07/31/2015); All Have Sinned? (07/29/2015)

 

“NB”, here are some points many mature Christian believers have considered:

Given that “perfection” pertains to the fullness of divinity who is the source of all that exists, perfection must be known through revelation.  Sin should not be understood as an outcome, or result of divine errors and lapses during the sacred operations of Creation.  Sin is an enigma to the living, for sin is no material or spirit thing created by GOD, yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence; and sin may dominate awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of all divine law, promote non-existence, and restore the conditions of chaos and flux that were in place before the foundation of heaven and earth.  The corruption that results from sin first appeared among the holy angels (who are neither mortal nor immortal), and was introduced among mankind by one of the angels who, himself under an influence that is not divine, used deceit and guile.

Adam (the first pair) were finite, created beings who were to function and operate in agreement with multiple fixed conditions and limitations generated by the character, makeup, and substance of GOD.  The two lacked and were not given many things that would be supplied by their continuing as companions of divinity.  They were to endure and survive on the basis of love, respect and trust, more than a formal code of law; and this did not make them imperfect.  At their own creation, the angels received the full deposits of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom they would display throughout their existence as servants of divinity.  Mankind must acquire discernment, sacred knowledge, and wisdom gradually through discovery, growth and learning.  Mankind has been endowed with his own consciousness and self-will that permits independence, integrity, and levels of separation from divinity, yet, that also allow for continuous communication, exchange and interaction (we say, relationship).

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, at one place in the Bible, GOD says, I create “evil”.  The Creator is not speaking of sin.  Many are confused because they repeatedly seek to use secular language to consider divine processes and sacred themes.  They rely on carnal, material and social definitions for sin such as corruption (i.e., decay, disintegration, rot), defiance, disobedience, rebellion, unrighteousness, and wickedness.  Evil is the introduction of widespread, arbitrary, disruptive, unneeded and unwanted change; thus, evil is calamity, catastrophe, disaster, personal tragedy, and upheaval.  Among those inclined to error the more necessary understanding will be missed:  evil is the malicious denial of the immutable, unchanging sovereign will 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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Today, definitions of “evil”, and the enmity between flesh and spirit are considered.  Created beings and living creatures are required by GOD to express and manage their own measure of life essence (we say, breath, spirit, word).  While sinners take the focus of divine judgment to be discrete episodes, process, and events within the frameworks of time and space, for divinity Judgment concentrates upon the enduring and lasting aspects of ones full makeup and substance from GOD.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Dead Mans Curve” (Level 7 with 261,115 points, a member since March 02, 2006) posted the following:

 

What is so evil about the flesh?

I don’t understand why the flesh is so evil?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (Romans 8:  1-4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Need for Incarnation? (09/29/2016); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); The Flesh An Obstacle? (07/29/2016); Evil Is Not Sin and Wickedness? (12/09/2014); Divine Goodness? (12/10/2014); GOD Permits Evil? (05/12/2014); Why the Gospel for Our Children (05/13/2014)

 

“Dead Mans Curve”, mature Christian believers use a sacred vocabulary that also defines “evil” as change brought about by men that is arbitrary, destructive, pointless, sudden and unnecessary as well as sacred events that express divine judgment and wrath against sin by using widespread calamity, catastrophe, disaster, and upheaval (we say, condemnation, disfavor, plague, punishment).  GOD, who is spirit in form, nature and substance, is immortal,  immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  The Creator puts forth (we say, “creates”) both evil and peace (i.e., the condition of balance, completeness, continuity, rest, stability) for the further revelation of divinity (i.e., making divine authority, sacred law, and the will of GOD knowable and known).  Carnal being (we say, the flesh) operates using process that is material and mechanical, and that may be described as temporal units (e.g., cycles, phases, and stages).   With this in view, evil and wickedness are not the same.  Sin is an immaterial and unseen influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order from law.  Sin generates and promotes chaos, nonexistence, and returning to the conditions that were in place before Creation was begun.  Sin may be a residue from preexistence, and has not been created by GOD; yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Ordinarily, the flesh appears as appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, craving for sexual activity), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall, thought).  Like sin, the flesh does not automatically agree and perform according to dictates and principles of divine law.  Until destroyed in death, the flesh opposes and resists the spirit of GOD that resides within the law.  Consider the following points from the holy writings:

(1.)  Isaiah 45:  5-8, King James Version (KJV):  5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:  I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:  6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.  7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:  let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

(2.)  Proverbs 8:  13, KJV:  13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil:  pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

(3.)  Proverbs 24:  19-22, KJV:  19 Fret not thyself because of evil men, neither be thou envious at the wicked:  20 For there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.  21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king:  and meddle not with them that are given to change:  22 For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both?

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, 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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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The present separation of Creator and Creation is in view, today.  While even death can not completely destroy the acceptance and divine love imparted to Creation, that there be no defilement of the Holy continues to require distance, perspective, restraint, and transformation.  Even more than condemnation, punishment, or sacrifice for sin, divine judgment centers upon correction, reconciliation, renewal, and the revelation of divine righteousness.  With the Creator, wrath against sin is not an emotion or feeling that comes and goes so much as it is a defining attribute like immortality and immutability that elevate Deity above all.  Thus, it is written:  Psalms 7:  10-13, King James Version (KJV):  10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.  11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.  12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.  13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (Singapore)” using the ID “Sridhar” (Level 2 with 509 points, a member since July 24, 2006) posted the following:

 

Christians, would one of you clear my doubt below?

Someone just replied to me saying –
‘God does not have a blanket of love covering everything. He covers those who repent.’
With the quotation –
“These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”
??Proverbs? ?6:16-19? ?KJV??

Dislike or Disapproval of such acts is understandable. But must one – least of all GOD – HATE the violators?

Hey, we humans have many failings: vanity, lying, ignorance, greed and jealousy to name a few. Must you hate another instead of pitying and correcting him/her? Anybody for forgiving them their trespasses?

I thought Christ was an advocate of forgiveness. Or am I mistaken here?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?  When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.  Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.  Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  Yet saith the house of Israel, The way of the Lord is not equal. O house of Israel, are not my ways equal? are not your ways unequal?  Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.  Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit:  for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD:  wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.  (Ezekiel 18:  25-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Use Spirit From GOD? (08/15/2016); No Excuses For Judgment (07/26/2016); Divine Focus and Process (07/19/2016); Sin Must Be Personal (04/29/2016); The Strangeness of Divinity? (03/29/2016); GOD Lives Inside Us? (07/11/2014); Can the Word of GOD Be Altered? (07/12/2014)

 

“Sridhar”, emotions, feelings, and sentiment aside (such as anger, disgust, hate, loathing) divinity must be active against the operations of corruption (we say, decay, disintegration, rot), diffusion, evil (we say, arbitrary change, catastrophe, chaos, flux, upheaval), negation, and sin.  Many mature Christian believers agree that the fullness of divinity (we say, the GODhead) has been revealed as having active presence, coherence, directedness, integrity, person, and unity.  There is divine opposition to sin as an influence that may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  Sin is no physical thing that exists or tangible object one may put in their pocket; yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  The fruit and product of sin is not only death, it is absolute nonexistence.  While sin is no substance or created thing put forth by GOD, the operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law (i.e., “the expressed will of GOD”), the Law Giver, our universe dependent upon order generated by sacred law, and the existence of all things.  To the living, sin appears to be natural, normal, and unavoidable.  Sin does not appear contrary, foreign, harmful, and strange.  Thus, provisions from GOD to expose the actual nature of sin include divine covenant, judgment, promise, repentance, the imparted Spirit (we say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth), and Jesus Christ as an incarnation of sin upon the cross.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Proverbs 28:  9, King James Version (KJV):  9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

(2.)  Ezekiel 18:  20-23, KJV:  20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  21 But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  22 All his transgressions that he hath committed, they shall not be mentioned unto him:  in his righteousness that he hath done he shall live.  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD:  and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(3.)  Romans 7:  9-14, KJV:  9 For I was alive without the law once:  but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.  10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.  11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.  12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.  13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.  14 For we know that the law is spiritual:  but I am carnal, sold under sin.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 5:  17-21, KJV:  17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.  20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:  we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.  21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  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.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, points are shared on describing the fullness of GOD (we say, the GODhead or Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit).  For many, the language to speak of divinity emerges from our common experiences as created beings having material form.  Using an earthy or carnal focus as ones starting platform, three “persons” will mean six hands, 30 fingers, 30 toes, three belly-buttons.  Human consciousness will stubbornly insist upon maintaining the frameworks of time, space, and  individuality.  Yet, the only correct foundation for sacred knowledge must come forth from Deity through exchanges, interactions and operations of sacred spirit substance that also are part of mankind’s makeup.  “Person” must be understood as an appearance of multiple attributes and qualities such as active presence, existence, and life.  “Divine mind” should not be taken as finite intellect, logic, or linear and discursive thought.  Evil (i.e., unintended change; instability) as an aspect of human makeup, allows shifts in meaning and value that, in effect, contend against divine truth.  The Creator is immutable and unchanging, yet, is to be understood through diversity and sacred events including growth, incarnation, rebirth, and regeneration.  Readers are encouraged to recall the following Bible verses, and the presentation below:

Colossians 2:  8-10, King James Version (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.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

Colossians 1:  18-22, KJV:  18 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.  19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  20 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.  21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled  22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Colossians 1:  12-17, KJV:  12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  16 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:  17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Daniel” (Level 1 with 242 points, a member since October 21, 2015) posted the following:

 

If three persons make up the Trinity, does that mean God as three minds as well, otherwise it makes no sense?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  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.  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.  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.  15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 2:  9-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A GOD Without Form? (12/27/2015); Authority, Dispensation, and Unity? (08/20/2015); Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015); More About the Trinity? (03/30/2015); GOD Known By Action Not Form? (03/18/2015); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014)

 

“Daniel”, here are some points I hope will help.  Even mature Christian believers encounter two major obstacles when describing the fullness of divinity:  (1) GOD is a spirit (we say, breath, life essence, word) and may not be directly known using only ones finite senses such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching.  To say Created beings and living creatures are “made in GOD’s image” asserts that the living may display aspects of the divine makeup, yet, are neither upon the same level, nor identical to Deity in  character, form, and nature.  Also, (2) knowledge of GOD requires knowledge of “spirit”, it’s makeup and process as well as its appearance and effects.  Your namesake in the Bible, the prophet Daniel, was given answers from GOD through visitation by angels.  However, the full meaning and weight of the divine response was too great for Daniel, for it required he assume a totally different posture—a divine point of view, so to speak.  Consider the following framed in the language of Scripture:

(1.)  Isaiah 55:  6-11, King James Version (KJV):  6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:  7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts:  and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.  10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:  11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth:  it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

(2.)  Genesis 8:  20-22, KJV:  20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.  22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

(3.)  Romans 1:  18-22, KJV:  18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.)  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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How Christians evaluate and judge the modern world comes into view with the human predicament, today.  It is a sin to despair of salvation.  The casual speaking of condemnation against others, our shared communities, or the many nations does not come to Christian believers as a benefit from Jesus and the cross.  Believers are those who have been taken out (we say, set apart for service to GOD; sanctified) while still upon the earth, and in the world.  Efforts to make changes that benefit oneself and others are not to be condemned, or hysterically forbidden; yet, both complaining (murmuring) and arbitrary, ungodly, and random changes that challenge divine order are described in Scripture as calamity, evil, and foolishness.  Readers are encouraged to consider the attitude and outlook of those chosen and elect as determined by such Bible verses as the following along with the presentation below: 

Deuteronomy 28:  45-48, King James Version (KJV):  45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:  46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.  47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;  48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things:  and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.  

Isaiah 61:  10-11, KJV:  10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.  11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations. 

1st Corinthians 10:  13, KJV:  13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

Romans 8:  27-29, KJV:  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.  28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

John 17:  14-19, KJV:  14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  17 Sanctify them through thy truth:  thy word is truth.  18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.  19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 

One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (required profile information not shared) posted the following:

 

Where is a society heading that pays millions for people to sing and dance while others starve, now creating robots?

where people suffer, if the priorities of the world are all wrong, I guess I will see you at the tribulation soon?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.    (1st John 2:  15-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Can One Escape? (09/18/2013); Gentiles and the Law? (09/19/2013); Illusion? (04/25/2013); Not of Legal Age? (04/26/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, as surely as two men may be in the same conversation, and have two different outlooks on life—have the same job and pay, yet not have the same sense of accomplishment and satisfaction; both be married, yet, not feel the same fulfillment—among Christians (and other believers) there may be deep and continuing differences regarding the quality of life, the closeness of their relationship with GOD, and the meaning and message to be seen in current events.  Even so, for there to be order, peace, security and stability, all are to acknowledge a shared set of proclamations, promises, and prophecies describing the needs of mankind, the provisions from divinity, and the ongoing divine process for salvation, renewal, repentance, and rebirth.  Our different belief systems also generate detailed definitions and practices for valuing one another and the general society.  Not so strangely, many are drawn to systems that emerge through human error or weakness, where foremost in their concept of liberty is the freedom to express anger, bitterness, despair, fear, malice, suspicion, and regret.  They may see themselves powerless and trapped in circumstances and conditions that will only be changed or moved by their own human substance, violence, or will power.  In most instances, believers are sophisticated and intellectual enough to recognize that sacred knowledge and consciousness of things within the realm of spirit, require their careful use of other abilities, approaches, and skills than those merely for expressing confusion, disappointment, distrust and disgust.  Consider again the following from the holy writings:

(1.)  1st Peter 2:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;  14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.  15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:  16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.  17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

(2.)  1st Peter 2:  6-10, KJV:  6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

(3.)  Titus 2:  11-15, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;  14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.  15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

There are many other verses that should be carefully examined, correctly understood, and applied as power against error.  (For example, (4.)  Revelation 21:  7-8, KJV:  7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.  8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.)  Even so, I trust these fragments will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Scripture points are shared, today, to clarify King Solomon’s prophetic use of the terms vain, vanity, and under the sun.  Solomon, Job, Jeremiah and others throughout the holy writings take up the themes of aging, life’s brevity, arbitrary change (we also say, evil; unasked for, unintended, unnecessary, unplanned change), death, inheritance, mortality, and sin as fixed conditions that introduce despair, frustration, injustice, imbalance, impracticality, and ungodliness.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Risa” (Level 2 with 982 points, a member since January 18, 2010) posted the following:

What did Solomon mean when saying that everything is vanity under the sun?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he.  For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.  Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing:  this hath more rest than the other.  Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good:  do not all go to one place?  All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.  For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?  Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire:  this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.  That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man:  neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.  Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?  For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?  (Ecclesiastes 6:  3-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014); The Life That Endures (10/14/2014); Errors of King Solomon? (06/13/2013); Salvation for Atheists? (06/14/2013)

“Risa”, in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, doctrines, events, objects, persons, things, and traditions labeled vain lack divine spirit substance, therefore, they are ephemeral, fruitless, pointless, short-lived, temporary, transient, unable to provide salvation or satisfaction, unproductive, and a waste of time.  A vanity may be an idol or man-made object that is worshiped as containing a god, or serving as its agent and representative.  The phrase under the sun means throughout the earth, everywhere within the sphere of life for mankind, among the living.  Despite what appears to be a rant from the King, Solomon is called “the Preacher” because, in addition to prophetically describing the human predicament—that apart from the Creator, the creation is finite, limited, and without eternal purpose—Solomon points out the brevity, injustice, and repeated frustration of mankind’s expectations generated by flesh (i.e., appetite, sensation, emotion/mental functions, mortality).   Following are some Scriptures to consider for a complete Christian understanding of Ecclesiastes and other writings where the terms vain and vanity appear:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 5:  11, KJV:  11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain:  for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 32:  45-47, KJV:  45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel:  46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.  47 For it is not a vain thing for you; because it is your life:  and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

(3.)  1st Samuel 12:  20-22, KJV:  20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not:  ye have done all this wickedness:  yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart;  21 And turn ye not aside:  for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.  22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name’s sake:  because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

(4.)  Psalms 89:  46-48, KJV:  46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?  47 Remember how short my time is:  wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?  48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

(5.)  1st Corinthians 15:  12-15, KJV:  12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ:  whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

(6.)  James 1:  25-27, KJV:  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.  27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

There is far more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example (7.)  Jeremiah 10:  14-16, KJV:  14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge:  every founder is confounded by the graven image:  for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.  15 They are vanity, and the work of errors:  in the time of their visitation they shall perish.  16 The portion of Jacob is not like them:  for he is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of his inheritance:  The LORD of hosts is his name.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The nature of divine authority, deity, and judgment are considered, today.  Also, there is more on divine protection for believers.  A “Yahoo! Answers Canada” writer using the ID “Political Onlooker” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since May 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Will Jesus Christ Son of God have power and authority to send people to hell on the day of judgement (Revelation 13:8, 20:15, 21:8)?

John 5:22-23 –
22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.

John 5:27-30 –
27 and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  No Divine Protection? (10/02/2014)—(5.)  Christians attract evil only in the same sense that a tree having been placed upon a hilltop draws the wind.  All who live upon the earth must meet challenges, changes and differences, conflicts, and experiences of lack, need and want as the “normal” course of life established among mankind.  Similarly, to become permanently joined to divinity, all Christian believers must endure a measure of the same confusion, doubt, envy, ignorance, malice, persecution, and unbelief that Jesus encountered when he was upon the earth.  Even so, believers are not called into a conflict against material and social reality.  Because all Christian believers participate in a spiritual warfare, all are supplied with weapons that are not carnal (e.g., beauty, certainty, faith, foreknowledge, holy boldness, sobriety).  Granted a defense, justice, and justification that comes from GOD, Christian believers are protected by divine law, continuing fellowship with other believers, the armies of heaven, the promises of GOD, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  When commanded to sacrifice Isaac, the son of promise, Abraham was confident that all things are possible for GOD, and that—should Isaac be forced to complete mortality at that time—his son could be immediately restored by the Almighty, whose authority over death is no less than his authority over miraculous birth.  Consider again Psalms 94:  20-23, Psalms 7:  9-11, Proverbs 29:  25, Ecclesiastes 9:  2, Matthew 5:  43-45, 1st Corinthians 10:  13, 2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, Romans 8:  13-19, 2nd Timothy 2:  11-13, 2nd Timothy 3:  12, Titus 2:  11-13 and 1st Thessalonians 4:  12-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  A man’s pride shall bring him low:  but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.  Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul:  he heareth cursing, and bewrayeth it not.  The fear of man bringeth a snare:   but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.  Many seek the ruler’s favour; but every man’s judgment cometh from the LORD.  An unjust man is an abomination to the just:   and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked.  (Proverbs 29:  23-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Fallen Nature? (09/01/2014); In the Likeness of His Resurrection (09/02/2014); Condemned by the Church? (08/19/2014); Principles of Correct Belief? (08/20/2014); The Bible is All About GOD? (07/27/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014)

 

“Political Onlooker”, readers of the holy writings are to discern (i.e., use their own divine spirit content) to recognize and respond to the Holy Spirit contained within the Scriptures.  The carnal, material and social language expressions that appear often are only an indictor or suggestion for ones full spiritual understanding.  With that in view, consider these few points:

(1.)  In our courts upon the earth, the work of a judge, no matter the facts of a case, is to ensure that the procedures applied in judgment are all in accordance with the demands of written law.  Similarly, the role of judge for Jesus Christ is that of continuing divine order and life process in accordance with pre-established sacred law.  In the final judgment, Jesus does not alter, or contend against the awareness and self-will of angels, devils or humans (we say, argue, debate, dispute).  Christ acknowledges and affirms truth established by the living, and documented within divine books of life.

(2.)  The eternal purpose of GOD is not one of sending men to hell.  Yet, by their rejection of spirit content from GOD, men disqualify themselves from being eternal companions who may abide in the presence of GOD.  In judgment, Jesus and all assembled to witness will acknowledge and affirm the righteousness that has been displayed through a person’s willful choice, spirit content, and record of spiritual truth.  It will be such predetermined, impartial factors that “send” one to hell.

(3.)  So to speak, divine authority to alter the books of life is in effect only while a person is alive, and occurs through their own attitudes, actions, and life choices.  As they respond to the influence of the gospel and the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD, believers “apply” the blood of atonement shed by Jesus at the cross, that blots out the record of sin without erasing truths from life experiences and good works.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Christian believers must acquire a totally new understanding of deity and divinity that proceeds from the fullness of GODhead, and not merely from human intellect, logic, mathematics, reason, and science.  The nature of divine authority and power are very different than our concepts that center in coercion, force and pressure to achieve desire and self-will.  The necessary change begins through acceptance of the gospel, and baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine content).   Once born again, the believer must “grow up” again and mature, enduring the “growing pains” and challenges of life upon the earth.  The ongoing transformation of believers to being immortal and incorruptible will be completed at the coming of Jesus.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC