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Today, reply speaks to the differences among free will, grace, obligations through law, and self-will. Sinners continue the under the operations of sin, directed and finite self-will that can not be regarded as discipline, freedom, law, or self-control. For Christian believers, sin that is transgression of divine law demands there be focus on free gifts for redemption and salvation provided from GOD through Jesus Christ, rather than “free will” and further corruption from finite man. Just as mankind’s entitlement is greater as children within the household of GOD and heirs of divinity, so are the duties and requirements for continuing in eternal relationship. It is written: Revelation 3: 19-22, King James Version (KJV): 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Kazekage Gaara” (Level 1 with 227 points, a member since March 15, 2011) posted the following:

 

How can god claim we have free will and then threaten us with eternal hell if we dont do exactly as he says?

Sounds like a tyrannical malevolent coward to me

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. (Ephesians 4: 4-7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Will You Lose Family? (01/20/2019); Self-Will And Christian Integrity (06/11/2018); Duties of a Christian? (03/13/2018); Having to Pass Inspection (02/06/2017); Some Points on Tithing (03/19/2015); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014)

 

Kazekage Gaara”, divinity makes no claim that mankind has integrity as a created being or living creature apart from the Creator. Because we receive a relationship with divinity as an artifact of birth (we say, inheritance), and there are unchanging conditions in effect before our existence that appear as sacred dominion, divine law, and the ownership of Creation by GOD, such features as covetousness, desire, human independence, personhood, and self-will (finite willpower) can not exist as the primary frameworks for human authority, freedom, influence, and power. The fullness and soundness of what we are and who we are depend on our containing the same life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted to Adam and Eve from the makeup and substance of GOD.

The freedom a child is granted by having a bedroom within the home of their parents continues on the basis of commitments and obligations that are at first unknown and unseen by the child. As the children age and develop, they are expected to display attitudes and behavior that increasingly show accountability, balance, consistency, gratitude, respect, and stability (i.e., they are to mature; they are to ripen). Even so, because of their dependence and their being joined to their parents, should their caretakers be evicted for failure to meet lawful duties and responsibilities (such as maintaining the insurance and paying the mortgage), the children also will lose their benefits and privileges. Their status in the law is that of minor children who never had dominion and ownership of the home; and who have been indulged and promoted on the basis of acceptance by another that is a form of grace, prerogative, and the sovereign will of another.

Many have entered into formal agreements with GOD that bind humanity to divinity (we say, covenants; legal contracts; ongoing relationships). In so doing they have made commitments to practices, principles, purposes, and standards that must be completely and correctly discharged for them to continue “in good standing.” Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Psalms 84: 10-12, King James Version (KJV): 10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. 12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

2. Proverbs 3: 32-35, KJV: 32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous. 33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. 34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly. 35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 3. Romans 5: 12-18, KJV: 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. 15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. 16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. 17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Not Mine Own Will

 

Today, reply is on the operation of divine will, rather than “free will” in the life of Christian believers.  The primary goal for the Christian believer is to become Christ-like in every aspect of their living.  Christian believers, therefore, seek to implement and perform the revealed will of GOD, and are not trying to escape the obligations of accountability, duty, and reverence toward GOD.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shared) posted the following:

 

Is free will real or just an illusion?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2nd Corinthians 10:  4-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Jonah Willfully Disobeyed (06/10/2018); Life And Divine Purpose (05/04/2018); Divine Knowing, Finite Will? (09/28/2016); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“Anonymous”, among Christian believers the language that speaks of “free will” is less accurate and useful, for that phrase speaks to decision-making, or determining ones own behavior and course on the basis of aspects of mind, personhood, and the flesh.  Included are carnal reason, emotion (e.g., anger, fear, sorrow), desire, imagination, intelligence, lust, and the many operations of sin that may dominate awareness and self-will within created beings and living creatures.  For angels, men, sacred beasts of heaven, and others throughout the universe self-will appears as an aspect of separation from divinity that establishes integrity and legitimacy for the existence and personhood of each living entity.  Correctly understood, developing Christians are to display the inseparable aspects of divine fullness imparted through baptism and rebirth that are in accord with divine prerogative, sacred law, eternal purpose, and the sovereign will of GOD.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Titus 1:  7-9, King James Version (KJV):  7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;  8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;  9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.

(2.)  2nd Peter 2:  9-11, KJV:  9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

(3.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st John 4:  1-6, KJV:  1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:  because many false prophets are gone out into the world.  2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.  4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:  because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  5 They are of the world:  therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.  6 We are of God:  he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Omnicience

 

Today, the makeup and nature of divine knowledge are considered.  Many aspects of angelic and human makeup were designed to be independent and separate from divinity, and in that sense, they do not carry out and obey sacred law.  Also, there are multiple elements and features that are not intended to communicate, exchange and interact with Deity within ongoing relationships that are intimate, organic, or personal.  Those who parrot the language that GOD is “all-knowing” or “omniscient” may be doing so because they deny revelation from GOD, acknowledge no relationship to the Holy, and are convinced that the Most High is more concerned about the world and the flesh than anything else.  They seem to want to make certain that GOD knows their sinful thoughts and wickedness so they may blame GOD for it, escape divine justice, and question the righteousness of his judgments against themselves.  Mature Christians are more ready to understand that the knowledge of GOD goes beyond the objects and operations that appear within the frameworks of time and space, or the life experiences of angelic and human duration.  The heart, mind, and will of GOD also embrace, embody, and focus upon things that are entirely spirit in their character and makeup as well as eternal and perfect.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is presented) posted the following:

 

God is omniscient and knows everything he knows before we’re born if we’re going to heaven or hell so how can anyone claim we have free will?

 

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.  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.  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  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.  (Romans 8:  1-9, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Creator is Different (10/31/2017); Idolatry — Exalting Human Devices? (09/21/2017); Knowing the Invisible GOD (09/17/2017); Divine Knowing, Finite Will? (09/28/2016); GOD Knowing the Price? (06/15/2016); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); GOD Knows Tomorrow? (04/12/2013)

 

“Anonymous”, because created beings and living creatures must come to know their own spheres of life (e.g., the earth, the ocean, the universe) using finite tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, carnal reason, and sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching) they are always more ready to describe divinity as being a life form like themselves.  GOD is being made known and revealed as a spirit who is the origin of consciousness, existence, and life.  At this time, Christian believers should avoid calling GOD “all-knowing” or “omniscient”, for this implies that the mind of GOD contains and is focused only on secular knowledge, human affairs, the  world, and the things of flesh.  To engage divinity in relationships that will be continuous, personal, and enduring, the living must be endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD as well as sacred knowledge.  Included are inseparable aspects of divine fullness such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, “oneness without sameness,” wisdom, and wrath against sin.

The carnal mind is enmity against GOD (i.e., has not been designed to respond to the spirit content and active presence who is the Most High).  In the same way, there now are machines that do the same work you would expect from a human, yet, they are still only machines, the inborn spirit within human beings allows the living to perform many tasks obeying divine law, yet, they still can not consistently and correctly identify, resist, and eliminate sin.  They are like the new automobiles that will apply the brakes, lock the doors, and even park the vehicle when supplied with correct data processed by artificial intelligence and on-board computers.  As mechanical devices that require detailed programming, these machines can perform a few simple things very well, and they do not discover, learn, or themselves create and reproduce.  Therefore, we say they lack human flexibility and person that would allow responses to unplanned for changes.

There is no “free will” that may ignore natural and sacred law; however, there are rebellion and self-will that are separate from the sovereign will of GOD.  When you say, ABCDEFG, and I say, XYZ is coming, I am not reading your mind so much as discerning and reacting to a fixed pattern.  The “foreknowledge” of Deity concerning human accomplishments can be compared to that of a father who, on the day his child is born, rushes out and buys a football, or baseball.  He intends to guide, instruct, and share a peculiar inheritance with his own child.  He may have a dream and a hope that his son will someday be a champion athlete.  His dad may even coach him daily, all through his “growing up years;” and when his son reaches age for high school or college athletics, his son may choose basketball, or chemistry and other sciences, instead.

Consider again Ephesians 1:  2-11, King James Version (KJV):  2 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;  8 Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence;  9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:  10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

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, focus is upon the confusion and familiar errors associated with “free will”, divine knowing, and “predestination”.   While there are “freedom”, “latitude when applying the law”, “liberty”, and self-will within the living that may be understood as provided from GOD, there is no such thing as “free will” that makes a person exempt from divine judgment, or releases the living from having to respond to conditions for existence, the fulfillment of sacred promises, and the accomplishment of prophecy in place from before the foundation of the world.  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Are free will and omniscience a contradiction?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.  (1st Peter 1:  13-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); Knowing? (05/24/2015); The Philosophy of Free Will? (04/08/2014); The Name(?) of GOD (04/09/2014); Doing GOD’s Plan? (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); No Free Will? (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“Anonymous”, lacking correct sacred knowledge, many of us have confusions about divine authority and “free will” (i.e., that there is no accountability or duty to answer and serve GOD; there should be no limits upon self-will in created beings and living creatures).  The issue is not one of contradiction; it is many and includes betrayal, defiance, disobedience, and rebellion.  Sinners must go beyond the idea that divinity “reads your mind,” “programs you like a computer,” and “knows all your private thoughts and secrets.”  Mature Christians will agree both that self-will within finite created beings and living creatures appears as a product from divine consciousness and sovereign will, and that self-will has been provided to the living so they may carryout and fulfill eternal purposes that have been established as basic to their own lives.  Sacred (rather than secular) knowledge is comprised of information, principles, and expressions of divine will such as law, miracles and sacramental events, proclamations and utterances by spirit beings as well as promise, prophecy, revelation, and relationships that have their origin and value through GOD.

The process of “knowing” that exists among mankind as a requirement to participate in the world is carnal, mental, and social, and relies upon such limited tools as appetite, emotion, imagination, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  By contrast, awareness and “knowing” for divinity may be spoken of as a kaleidoscopic spirit process wherein inseparable content from the makeup of GOD are ceaselessly positioned, joined, patterned, and reconfigured.  As a movement of spirit substance, divine knowing is active, detailed, diffuse, organic, quickened and unspecified, yet, must be acknowledged as immutable, incorruptible, and unchanging.  Existing as a “godhead” (summation of all divine person and power) that displays oneness without sameness, Deity is incarnate as well as at once selfless and continually self-engaged.  Thus, we speak of divine knowing as categorical, comprehensive and unbounded even when appearing in communication, exchange, focus, interaction, and judgment.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Today, focus is upon relationships among critical thinking, freedom, self-will, and who believers are through the cross.  Correctly understood, all Christians are entered into a spiritual process, not one that is academic.  Christian belief requires continual alertness and vigilance of mind and spirit, for all believers must acquire sacred knowledge, and maintain sacred practices that are to fulfill divine promises, prophecies, and eternal purposes.  Such aspects of human experience as error through habits, ignorance, fantasy, foolishness, and sentiment are unfruitful, useless, and vain (i.e., lacking spirit content and power from the makeup of GOD).  Readers are asked to consider the following points from the Scriptures, and the presentation below:

Romans 8:  1-5, King James Version (KJV):  1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.  3 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:  4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  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.

1st Corinthians 1:  18-24, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 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?  21 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.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Ephesians 4:  29-32, KJV:  29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

1st Corinthians 1:  25-32, KJV:  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 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;  28 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:  29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Jerrime” (Level 1 with 125 points, a member since March 16, 2016) posted the following:

 

Does a person with a lack of free will think critically?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  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:  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.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  (Romans 1:  16-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  By Law and Relationships (04/05/2016); Divine Meanings and Values? (03/31/2016); Possible For Intelligent People? (02/07/2016); The Bridge To Heaven (01/27/2016); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); Meanings That Support Eternal Existence? (06/02/2015); Saved by His Death? (05/13/2015); Is Science the Right Tool?  (12/04/2013); To Grieve the Spirit? (12/05/2013)

 

“Jerrime”, increasingly, for many mature Christian believers, there are only two forms of “will”, finite will (also called, self-will) as within created beings and living creatures (e.g., angels, animals, mankind, sacred beasts in heaven), and divine will that makes Deity knowable and known as “active” and “present”.   Just as believers in Jesus Christ as Savior and Son of GOD use the same carnal tools for running, speaking, and walking as those who count themselves intellectuals and scientists, the disciples and followers of Christ as Lord use the same forms provided by the flesh for discursive and intellectual thought upon the earth (e.g., analysis, comparison, contrast, deduction, induction, synthesis).  What many call “scientific method” and “critical thinking” are regularly used by Christians; however, for those “born again,” more powerful tools have been supplied that are not grounded in profane or worldly definitions, logic, and process.

Relationship with GOD through Jesus Christ is the goal for every Christian; and just as “critical thinking” important and necessary within the academic arena, classroom or laboratory is less relevant and useful in the relationship with ones “soul mate” or spouse, relationship to the Creator requires commitment that appears as exclusive and restricting more than it demands “critical thinking.”  The believer is to reach a point of understanding where, positioned before Christ on the cross, they clearly see their own faults, needs, and place within a new creation.  Even so, GOD values the “whole” person, body, mind and Spirit on the basis of what we will become.  Those outside of a sound relationship with our Maker experience bitterness, spiritual confusion, envy, exaggerated pride, resentment (as if betrayed or cheated), and a profound sense of loss.  However, correctly understood, even the natural emotional states (e.g., anger, fear, suspicion) are to be suspended; and operations from ones own content of the Holy Spirit are to go forward.  Born again believers are to meet the same life challenges as all others upon the earth being endowed with spirit matter from the makeup of GOD.  Included are inseparable aspects of divine being such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

In life, Christ demonstrated that freedom is not destroyed by commitment, promise, or having fixed goals and eternal purposes.  His followers now are in an ongoing process whereby they experience permanent change (i.e., growth, learning, maturity, transformation) to continue as life companions of divinity, who are immortal and incorruptible (we say, perfected).  As those who are being made “ripe” to be harvested from the earth at his appearing (we say, the Rapture, the Second Coming), the disciples of Christ all trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 6:  4-6, King James Version (KJV):  4 Hear, O Israel:  The LORD our God is one LORD:  5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.  6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

(2.)  Deuteronomy 30:  6, KJV:  6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

(3.)  Micah 6:  7-9, KJV:  7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?  8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?  9 The LORD’s voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name:  hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Luke 10:  25-28, KJV:  25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?  27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:  this do, and thou shalt live.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Anthropomorphism, and the use of language that humanizes GOD are the focus of today’s presentation.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the screen ID Buss W@nkers! says i love Liverpool FC” posted the following:

 

Why do people talk about God. like he’s a man?

THE BATTLE AXE:  No Free Will? (10/19/2010)—Rightly understood, there is no such thing as free will for angels, for mankind, for any other created being, or for any living creature.  However, for all, there is the reality of self-will.  The problems surrounding application of will center in the distinction between self-will and the will of GOD.  In the same way all human beings are obliged to breathe oxygen (like it, don’t like it), all are obliged to operate under the influence of either sin, or divine will.  The presence and action of sin is invisible and undetectable to all human senses and faculties of mind.  Thus, sin’s dominion over human will is not a matter of human choice.  Rather, it is a matter of human content, existence, and the framework of all being.  Awareness of sin is only by the operation of the Spirit of GOD.  Just as men are not deprived by having no ability to breathe underwater, men are not damned and persecuted by having to acknowledge GOD.  Men are challenged; and meeting the challenge, men have applied human intelligence, and the focused operation of our full potential and will to develop diving gear, snorkels, and even submarines.  Similarly, men are challenged by sin and must continually direct conscious being and person to achieve right relationship where the will is properly surrendered and yielded to GOD.  When human will conforms to, expresses and performs divine will, mankind prospers.  When divine will is despised, forgotten, neglected, or refused the human condition becomes one of agony, desolation, misery and wretchedness.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  (Hebrews 1:  1-2)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Two Wisdoms? (10/12/2010); Systems (09/10/2010); Sin Defined? (06/28/2010)

The task of providing a “language” that would allow us to speak about GOD in clear, direct, effective ways has best been met through the holy writings we call the Bible.  However, the use of holy scripture to know the fullness of divinity is comparable to the use of bananas in order to speak about watermelon:  On the one hand, the two are exactly the same—both are fruit, have the same function of distributing and protecting seed, and both are fairly tasty!).  On the other hand, there are major differences in their several characteristics (color, shape, size, texture, weight).  Where we maintain a strict focus on  their sameness, and for the sake of meaning ignore their various differences (counting them as insignificant, and irrelevant), we definitely can use bananas in place of watermelon, have meaning, still make sense, and connect in understanding.

When communicating to one another about GOD, and the things that exist totally as spirit, mankind is forced to apply language that basically comes from, and is designed to express carnal, material, and social realities.  In the same way, one must be born again to acquire divine substance that establishes correct awareness and consciousness of the active presence, intent, and purposes of GOD; one must be reborn in order to hear, grasp, and speak the new language given by the Bible for the revealed truth of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, the Bible provides a divine perspective on human experiences of GOD:  thousands of lives, and thousands of years are reported.  While many sinful acts come into view, the focus is less upon “crime and punishment,” and more upon the revealing divine person as the most complete expression of compassion, forgiveness, justice and righteousness.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

The correctness of free will as an idea when speaking of the “kingdom of heaven” is considered, today, along with more on the miracle of Jesus changing water to wine.  A fighter at  “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Ivan” (Level 1 with 24 points, a member since December 25, 2013) posted the following:

 

So is there free will in heaven? 

If there is, wouldn’t there be sin in heaven? And if there’s not, doesn’t that mean that free will is a bad thing?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Worthy Miracle? (04/07/2014)—(6.)  The account that appears in the holy writings (John 2:  1-11, KJV), reports only that the ruler of the feast (who tasted and approved the wine as excellent), gave credit to the bridegroom as being frugal and shrewd, yet, did not acknowledge Jesus, or give glory to GOD.  The disciples who accompanied the Lord, who already were beginning to grow in faith, and had been prepared by GOD, were the only ones who knew the source of the wine, were aware that the Lord had worked, and experienced the presence of GOD through praise.  Jesus used the miracle to proclaim the kingdom of GOD, not to promote his own popularity and reputation.  By proclaiming the kingdom of GOD, Jesus also declared new covenant based upon yet-to-be-fulfilled promises through the prophet, King David.  The miracle of water to wine signals divine abundance and sacred presence as a foundation for the security in marriage as well as for security within the new covenant relationship.  The identity and integrity of Jesus as heir to David is not yet at issue; however, in the same way David was anointed by Samuel to be king, and was reluctant to promote himself as monarch (especially after the popular acceptance of Saul), Jesus displayed a hesitance to “take up the crown.”   Through his new television program at iTBN celebrating the pioneering broadcasts of a Catholic Bishop ,Fulton J. Sheen, the Franciscan monk, John Michael Talbot, has also shared that, physical labor (we may say, deeds, works) of bearing the water further points to the union of flesh and divinity as a combined power for the establishment of divine benefit and blessing.  The water into wine is should also be recognized as a foretaste from a second sacred event, the great feast of Passover, with its miracles establishing the Lord’s Supper, where the wine becomes blood, and the bread becomes the consecrated body of the Son of GOD.  Consider Genesis 49:  10-12, Isaiah 49:  25-26, 1st Chronicles 11:  15-19 and John 6:  25-69, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.  (2nd Corinthians 10:  4-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Doing GOD’s Plan? (02/20/2014); “Prayer Death”? (02/21/2014); Freewill is Finite (06/30/2013); GOD Intervenes? (07/01/2013); No Free Will (10/19/2010); Speaking of GOD (10/20/2010)

 

“Ivan”, those who have not received Jesus as their Savior hate the answer I have to share with you, however, trusting that you are not spiritually blind, ignorant, or as stubborn as the Pharaoh of Egypt who insisted upon denying GOD and Moses, here are a few points you should consider:

(1.)  “Free will” is an idea that comes from human philosophy, political theory, and secular studies.  Christian belief and doctrine (we may say, the official teachings) do not speak to operations of will  in created beings and living creatures so much as to operations of divine spirit. 

(2.)  Participation in what is called “the kingdom of heaven” is not an expression of the finite will that appears in all created beings and living creatures.  Kingdom life emerges from the spirit matter that determines ones makeup and active presence (we may say, what you are, that you are) within any of the spheres for life established by GOD (e.g., earth, heaven, the universe).

(3.)  Sin was first found to exist among the holy angels of heaven, however, was not understood as destructive, harmful and malicious.  The process of sin has been “allowed” to crystallize and develop (become fully visible to all) as a further expression of divine righteousness (we say, judgment).  Sin is not a living entity, contains no spirit matter, and is not created by GOD.  Yet, sin may dominate and permanently change awareness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.

(4.)  Sin opposes the existence of heaven, of divine law, of the continued existence of divinity, and of all Creation.  As a nonmaterial, non-spirit aspect of experience, sin is subtle (i.e., displays barely visible differences, is covered and hidden), and cannot be detected, eliminated, recognized, removed or resisted without using special spiritual tools provided from GOD.  Human intellect, logic, philosophy, reason, and science are not enough.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Not all human error is sin; and for mankind, learning may go forward by decision-making or trial and error as well as by imitation, modeling, and taking calculated risks  (Consider, learning “mama” and “dada”, counting to ten, or first reciting the ABCs.)  The challenge is to internalize, and to make something from outside oneself a permanent part of ones own consciousness.  Because sin resides within the living, it may not be seen as abnormal, foreign, strange or unnatural.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  (Galatians 2:  20, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC