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A depiction of Hannibal crossing the Alps

 

Today, reply is on realizing the excellence of divine character and substance above human excellence and character. Expressions of consciousness, personhood and self-will that appear as extreme, strange and unlikely for mankind, in fact, are appropriate, correct, and imperative for divinity. Commitment, faithfulness, sacrifice, and unselfishness are not signs of divine self-contradiction and insanity. GOD is the origin of all the inseparable aspects of sacred process and spirit. Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, hope, impartiality, integrity, judgment, longsuffering, lovingkindness, mercy, optimism, respect, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. It is written: Matthew 21: 37-44, King James Version (KJV): 37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son. 38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance. 39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him. 40 When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen? 41 They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. 42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lords doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? 43 Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Stinky Stan” (Level 7 with 109,622 points, a member since March 17, 2014) posted the following:

 

I’d like you to think about this and PLEASE don’t assume things about the poster of this question.;-)?

You are god, (only temporary) you sent your only son to help us, what did we do? We tortured and murdered him but, instead of unleashing all your wrath on us you simply absolve us from all crimes past and present. Doesn’t this sound like pure madness to say the least? 😉

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: 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, 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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. 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: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. (Hebrews 12: 1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Divine Covenant Partner (06/11/2019); Rendering Our Reasonable Service (06/15/2018); Law of the Spirit (12/27/2017); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); Knowing What’s In Man (03/15/2017); Become Like Jesus Christ? (10/27/2016); Actions Make Divine Essence Visible? (12/18/2015); Divinity Has Person? (05/19/2015)

 

Stinky Stan”, it should not surprise us that the character, personhood, and substance of GOD who is immortal is on a level far above that for mortal, temporal man. More than it takes maturity and a well-ordered mind, apprehending divinity requires having ones own inner deposit of sacred substance imparted from the makeup of GOD. Where we carefully examine the nature and character of mankind using the highest standards and values recorded across different cultures and eras of human history, we are often thrilled to find extraordinary accomplishments of mind, body, and will such as the creation of a one-world empire by the Pharaohs of Egypt who bought all the land, livestock, and the people of Egypt during a famine; the army of Hannibal crossing the Alps with elephants; and the establishment of an orbiting space station. There are numberless secular events that describe our human possibilities and potential. Applying similar patterns for study and understanding of GOD who has fashioned mankind, the spheres of life and the frameworks for time and space, we also find there are holy writings that document numberless sacred events. Included are births by aged and barren women; covenant relationships for mankind with GOD; prophetic demonstrations; the appearance and visitations of angels; and even divinity using human form and process (Incarnation) as Jesus Christ. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

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

2. Isaiah 55: 6-13, 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. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

3. John 3: 1-7, 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.

4. John 3: 11-13, KJV: 11 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. 12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? 13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

There is far more that should be said, correctly 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.

 

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Death, divine excellence, sin, and the sovereignty of GOD are topics, today.  As a vessel containing aspects of divinity, mankind responds to Deity with awe, humility, obedience, and respect. Without such divine matter as faith and holiness, it is impossible for created beings and living creatures to please GOD, or to experience the things from GOD as having any pleasure and value. The nature and substance of divinity is far above that within carnal beings and material things. Thus, we say GOD is complete, exalted, immortal, immutable, incorruptible, perfected, and pure. Where men fail to realize and value correctly their own existence as put forth in the image of GOD, they usually become entrapped by beggarly elements, and must depend on finite standards such as those from the study of human history (i.e., the Great Man; the seminal event).  The infinite possibilities for human continuance through godliness are cut off, because they will see themselves as fashioned after mortals having only the flaws and weaknesses from the image of Adam.   (Consider again Psalms 139:  1-24, KJV.)  The fighter at “Yahoo! 7 Answers” (Australia) using the ID “Falcore-_-” (Level 4 with 2,756 points, a member since September 03, 2012) attacked by posting the following:

 

Why is God such an asshole?

He has killed more people than hitler.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;  And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them:  he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.   (Deuteronomy 7:  9-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Death is a Divine Tool (09/15/2014); A Sleep and a Second Death (09/16/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013); Remembering the Holocaust? (12/14/2012); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“Falcore-_-”, because you are making a very common mistake in your way of thinking about divinity, you are blaspheming GOD in the same way a child commits “back talk” and “sass” to their parents.  The character, makeup and substance of GOD must be understood as infinite, non-material, and unlimited.  Deity, who is a spirit, is not on the same level as you and your mates, the Prime Minister, or Adolph Hitler.  The following points might help release you from the spiritual trap you now are caught in:

(1.)  Those who want a complete and correct knowledge of Hitler’s goals, motives and values usually study his work, Mein Kampf in detail.  His achievement in securing the admiration and respect of a modern nation can not be otherwise explained.  Those who seek a full knowledge of the GODhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) carefully study the collection of holy writings that come to us as the Bible, and invite the presence of GOD as an imparted spirit (we say, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The sacred operations of the kingdom of GOD (e.g., atonement, forbearance, forgiveness, judgment, rebirth, salvation, sanctification) can not be discerned using such finite tools as emotions, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, and science.  The kingdom will remain invisible.

(2.)  Sacred knowledge begins with the truth that GOD is a spirit (we say, essence).  Only GOD is immortal; and GOD must be known through specific points of truth that only divinity may reveal (such as these):  Divinity is the source of all created beings and living creatures, their spheres of existence (e.g., earth, heaven, the sea, the universe), and the terms for their duration as mortal and temporal.  For mankind, many aspects of the life process are both mechanical and organic.  Men grow or survive passing through fixed cycles, phases and stages that allow men to determine aspects of their own duration as they use the tools of awareness and self-will.

(3.)  Sin has not been created by GOD, yet, may dominate created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will.  Like time and space, divine law (the expressed will of GOD) is provided as a primary structure for divine order.

(4.)  Sin is no “thing” having material dimensions that would allow you to put sin into a box; however, sin has direction, effect, and “presence”.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and everything that requires sacred law for its continued being, including all mankind. 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Those having the same spirit content that resides within divinity are being released from sin as an influence, and can be recognized by their continuing obedience and respect to Jesus Christ.  Death is understood as a form of sleep that will be reversed by GOD for purposes of judgment.  Believers are now being prepared for further aspects of life from GOD receiving inseparable aspects of Deity such as faith, holiness, humility, joy, love, truthfulness, wisdom and wrath against sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, points are shared on Christian excellence, sacred knowledge, and the acceptance of evolution along with other theories and tools of science.  Secular ideas to describe and determine the finite, measurable dimensions for things within the sphere of human life can never supply a comprehensive consciousness to replace the divine revelation of Deity, origins, eternal purpose, and sacred process.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Kenny” (Level 2 with 394 points, a member since March 14, 2013) posted the following:

 

Can a christian believe in evolution?

It would seem that there are many Christians who are willing to accept that God may have created the universe through the process of evolution as promoted by the scientific community today. After all, who can dispute the best scientific minds and the conclusions they come to based on their extensive research?
The Vatican’s Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
337. “God himself created the visible world in all its richness, diversity and order. Scripture presents the work of the Creator symbolically as a succession of six days of divine ‘work’, concluded by the ‘rest’ of the seventh day. [Gen 1:l – 2:4]
If you truly believe the Bible to be an inspired word of God, then there is only one conclusion possible. Creation took a literal seven days, with Adam and Eve being created on the sixth literal 24 hour day and God resting on the seventh literal day.
So Adam and Eve through their sin incurred the death penalty for the entire human race, and because of this, we all stand in dire need of the salvation offered by Jesus. Attempting to introduce evolution into the creation story actually destroys the very foundation of the Gospel message: that the Bible is the trustworthy word of God presenting the absolute truth about creation, the origins of sin, death and the possibility of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.
But, perhaps you never thought of it this way before. So now I ask you, is it possible for the Christian to believe in evolution?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  That no flesh should glory in his presence.  (1st Corinthians 1:  18-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Idea of Perfection? (01/20/2015); Being Good, Enough? (01/06/2015); The Barren Tree? (12/06/2013); Fruits From a Barren Tree? (12/07/2013); Is Science the Right Tool? (12/04/2013); To Grieve the Spirit? (12/05/2013); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013); Science and the Laws of Nature? (03/23/2013); How To Love GOD? (03/24/2013); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

 

“Kenny”, here are a few points important to all Christian believers who serve in roles that are grounded upon the platforms of academic study such as astronomy, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, and technology:

(1.)  Christians are not required to be ignorant of ideas that have bearing and weight within the world where they live, and are not forbidden to carefully examine various expressions of truth.  However, correctly understanding and applying sacred knowledge demands clarity, focus, and perseverance.  More than this, new life in Christ requires one to maintain a right relationship to divinity accomplished by commitment, exclusive devotion (the Scriptures says, jealousy), love, and unselfish service.

(2.)  It is the duty of every believer to build and improve their own body, mind and spirit, for their offering to GOD must be the best from their whole person, not merely from their imagination, their appetites, and their unsubstantiated opinions.  In the course of their spiritual growth, many developing Christians will accept the ideas of evolution, and will abandon them later.  Realizing that no one attains perfect knowledge while in the flesh, believers commit themselves to continuous growth and inquiry.

(3.)  Those born again through the operations of divinity are required to grow up and mature meeting the challenges of life as do all others upon the earth.  While the content and structure of their spirit matter is totally replaced by fresh deposits of divinity, they remain in a carnal, material, physical, and social world.  Believers are equipped to comprehend and participate in carrying out eternal purposes, yet, they must do so continuing to acknowledge the frameworks of time and space.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  The tools of mathematics and science are not capable of eliminating or removing sin.  While they permit advancing explanations and questions for further study, they do not provide the tools for permanent change and restructuring of human nature.  Christ has not eliminated sin, however, all created beings and living creatures are trained to cooperate with sacred process that continues life.  Included are atonement, forgiveness, rebirth, resurrection from the dead, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC