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The image depicts the hand of Jesus restraining the hand of Peter.

 

Today, reply is on the acknowledgement of covenant and law by Jesus Christ, and his surrender to the mob sent to arrest him at Gethsemane.  Jesus was among those within the Garden as an Incarnation of divinity to fulfill the promises and prophesies of GOD, a priest, a prophet, a rabbi, and the “ram caught in the thicket.”  Rather than resist the arrest, fight against the force that was dispatched, or take flight, Jesus acknowledged that his role was to submit as a lamb that would be placed on the altar of sacrifice.  When Peter attacked using a sword, Jesus rebuked him, and healed the servant of the High Priest whose ear Peter had cut off.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 6 with 14,244 points, a member since April 16, 2017) posted the following:

 

If someone told Jesus what was going to happen to him, and gave him a gun, would he have tried to escape?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:  Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.  And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.  As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.  Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;  And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;  Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.  (Hebrews 5:  1-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Yes, Jesus Did Die (04/01/2018); His Suffering At Gethsemane (03/12/2018); Jesus Demonstrated Perfected Humanity (10/29/2017); The Cross was Premature? (04/07/2016); Animals Do Not Sin? (09/29/2013); GOD is Acknowledging (09/30/2013); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013)

 

“?”, Christian believers are to understand Jesus correctly knew that he himself was a child of prophecy, and that he was anointed and ordained to complete the events of his life that included his death, burial, and resurrection from the dead.  Through the holy writings, through the events surrounding his birth (e.g., the slaughter of the innocents by King Herod; the Temple prophets Anna and Simeon), through the challenge made by Satan following his water baptism (turn this stone into bread), through the confirmations he received through prayer, and through many other sacred events that served as signs, he was strengthened to continue his ministry on the earth as one having authentic humanity, as one sent from GOD, and as one who would suffer the same fate as many others who served as divine prophets and spokespersons.

The revelation of GOD granted to Moses was that the Creator and Deliverer is also a GOD of Judgment.  Moses was allowed to see his glory, and Jesus Christ came as the image of GOD to further display the forgiveness, the mercy, the obedience, the reconciliation, the righteousness, and the surrender that pertain to divine judgment.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)  Matthew 23:  29-39, King James Version (KJV):  29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,  30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.  31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.  32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.  33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?  34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes:  and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:  35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.  36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.  37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

(2.)  John 18:  3- 13, KJV:  3 Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.  4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?  5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.  6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.  7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.  8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he:  if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:  9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.  10 Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.  11 Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath:  the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?  12 Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,  13 And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

(3.)  Matthew 16:  21-28, KJV:  21 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.  22 Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord:  this shall not be unto thee.  23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me:  for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.  24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:  and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.  26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.  28 Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Matthew 26:  52-54, KJV:  52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place:  for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Divine matter, omnipresence, and pantheism are topics, today, along with more on having a personal relationship with GOD.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Made From Embryonic Stem Cells”  (Level 3 with 1,207 points, a member since April 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

If god is everywhere, is it in the bullets and drugs used to kill people and other animals?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014)—(5.)  For most of us, close (we say, intimate) relationship is rooted in patterns that are fixed and predetermined.  Thus, family, marriage, and military service as comrades-in-arms are experienced having boundaries, limits, and opportunities for exchange that are pre-set.  These close relationships emerge from, and are intended to maintain carefully described order and structure; and so are not the same as relations that begin and end as casual contact, crisis and emergency events, occasional communication, and unfocused interactions among persons.  GOD does not disregard and totally suspend divine authority to be in relationship.  Rather, authority is amplified and exhibited as assurance, benefit, nourishment, protection, and strength.  Strong relationships with GOD based upon divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy continue through daily and other uninterrupted contact over an extended period.  Believers continue in Christ—and maintain Christ within—by such activity as acknowledging divine law and sacred discipline, giving for spiritual works, parenting, prayer, study of the holy writings, practice of the sacraments, sharing personal testimony, unselfish service, and regular worship.  To the extent ones human purpose for relationship with GOD does not agree with divine intent and eternal purpose, a person may only exist as another sentient creature and material object within the fullness of Creation.  A shared relationship through Jesus Christ is one that is built up through change, growth, learning/application, and yielding.  (6.)  Personal relationship with GOD is not to be built up having a foundation of something we saw, so much as upon a framework of truth we have heard, continue to hold within our awareness, and act upon in every condition and situation.  Closeness and ongoing access to GOD is only through use of attitudes, behavior, carriage (we say, composure, posture) and language expressing spiritual accord, awareness of divine majesty, contrition, gratitude, humility, respect, and trust.  See Psalms 34:  12-22, Isaiah 43:  2, Matthew 18:  19-20, Hebrews 10:  22, John 15:  4-7 and 10, 1st Corinthians 3:  11, 2nd Corinthians 5:  7, Romans 10:  17, James 4:  8 and 2nd John 9, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten:  be zealous therefore, and repent.  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.  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.  (Revelation 3:  18-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014); A Culture of Judgment? (03/20/2014); GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); Face to Face Like Moses? (01/28/2014); Utterance is Spirit (09/08/2013); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013)

 

“Made From Embryonic Stem Cells”, here are a few points that have been useful to those who desire a relationship of love toward GOD as Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit made up entirely of divine matter, who has put forth all created beings and living creatures as well as the platforms and spheres for their existence.

(2.)  Spirit matter is invisible, and does not absorb and reflect light as does physical matter made up of material particles.  We should not think of GOD as being like clouds, fog, mist, smoke, steam, or vapor.

(3.)  The substance of GOD may be thought of as inseparable divine matter such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Other aspects of divinity are being, duration, active presence, person, and sovereign will.

(4.)  GOD inhabits praise, and is incarnate (alive within blood and flesh) as “life essence” (we say, breath, spirit, word).  Death is not a living entity that has awareness and self-will.  Death is a peculiar condition and stage of living process that mechanically results in keeping with changes within the natural order.

As you can see by now, this is not the proper place for a full answer to your question.  There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  While divine matter resides in all created beings and living creatures (i.e., angels as well as men), sin may dominate their awareness and self-will.  Sin is not spirit matter, and opposes the continued existence of divine order, sacred law, and the complete universe of GOD.  The idea that GOD exists in all matter is called “pantheism”.  Christians reject that idea, for the measure of divinity in many things does not determine the character and nature they display.  Mortal beings have potential to exhibit an animal, human, or divine nature as well as various combinations of the three.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers now receive a fresh endowment of divinity that eliminates human bitterness, confusion, criticism of GOD, and resentment you may have heard many express showing their animal and lower nature.  The Holy Spirit establishes gratitude and praise, and reinforces our recognition, rejection of, and resistance to sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?  If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there:  if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art thereIf I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;  Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.  (Psalms 139:  7-10, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Culture, judgment, peace, and war are topics, today, along with more on whether those serving in certain roles should also use firearms.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Cody” (Level 4 with 2,786 points, a member since July 18, 2010) posted the following:

 

Christianity: Peaceful religion or culture of war? 

A lot of people will misunderstand what I’m trying to say because of mistranslation, their own biases, and because of their perception overall. christianity Isn’t the religion of peace that people make it out to be. And Jesus wasn’t an entirely divine and passive, caring person. He was actually a lot like the Israelis and Egyptians and reflected their culture.

And [Jesus] made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and he poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables

“I tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”

“I have come to cast fire upon the earth; and how I wish it were already kindled! But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division”

Update 1: @Simple Jack:

The 1st one still doesn’t make Jesus any less violent. He whipped them and when psycho.

The 2nd one is not part of the parable. He said that after having finished the parable.

The 3rd one says he wants war against those who don’t believe.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Needing Guns To Serve? (03/19/2014)—4.  Justification.  All believers accept that they must appear before Christ  in judgment, and that no created beings and living creatures are justified before GOD on the basis of their deeds that proceed from their animal nature, intellect, material conditions (we say, circumstances) or physical characteristics.  By acknowledgement of their own divine content from GOD, believers are accounted as justified through the ministry of Jesus Christ.  Saying this another way, atonement (the application of holy blood that carries life essence) has been made for their errors and sins through the life and death of Jesus.  Believers are justified only as we acknowledge, further, and repeat the deeds of Jesus.  5.  Sanctification.  To be cleansed and set apart for divine service is called sanctification.  Certainly, believers are set apart by their spirit content, and the sacred knowledge that should fill their awareness.  However, a believer is also distinguished by their attitudes, behavior, conduct, expectations (we say, hope), and life choices while still upon the earth, and pursuing the various aspects of human experience.  6.  Weapons.  Guns are tools that sometimes must be used like pliers, screwdrivers, and wrenches.  Ones setting, and the tasks they must perform can dictate the tools that must be brought to work, and are necessary to accomplish ones purpose, so to speak.  Courage and defense against brutality, cruelty, ignorance, and physical aggression may appear to be called for at the same time as compassion, forgiveness, and medical assistance.  To avoid inaction, hesitation, and paralysis through conflict, as much as possible, such decisions ought to be made beforehand.  7.  Martyrdom.  Christian believers are not asked to die for Jesus, or for Almighty GOD.  Rather, it is the duty of believers to continue in the earth as living sacrifices to GOD.  When persecuted (i.e., systematically attacked and suppressed through the combined action of government and religious organizations) the believer need make no violent defense of life and property.  As joint heirs with Christ, believers surrender their lives to GOD, not to any created being or living creature who threatens as an enemy.  8.  Intercession not Intervention.  Given their fresh endowment of divine spirit, all believers are equipped to perform intercession, where they may not be prepared, or supplied to intervene.  Interventions may require authority, money, and a network of supporters that does not exist for the believer.  Thus, believers could “beat up” those committing abuse of their spouse, however, violence begets only more violence.  The need is for changes of spirit, awareness, and self-will that may be provided only by GOD.  9.  Two Masters.  Believers must make their choices and decisions in such as way as to minimize conflict and confusion for themselves as well as for others.  Commitment to the military must be a total acceptance of duty, policy, procedures, and standards based upon trust (i.e., emotional, intellectual, and psychological understandings).  Once submitted to military authority—like it, don’t like—one is obligated to conform, cooperate, and obey.  Similarly, believers must accept baptism (death of ones inborn nature, and rebirth having the divine nature) that is followed by continuous growth, obedience of divine law, and constant sacred practice.  Those making such choice should know the various “limitations” they are taking upon themselves before their contract and covenant is sealed.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.  And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O LORD, let my LORD, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.  And he said, Behold, I make a covenant:  before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation:  and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD:  for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.  Observe thou that which I command thee this day:  behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:  For thou shalt worship no other god:  for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:  (Exodus 34:  5-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Scriptures and Judging Others (03/12/2014); Faith Given By GOD (03/13/2014); Bible Justice? (01/26/2014); GOD Inhabits Praise (01/27/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); As GOD Loves Us? (01/03/2014); Understanding Peace? (11/20/2013); Adversary or Servant? (11/21/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013)

 

“Cody”, yours is a big question that takes a big answer.  What you have written is clear enough, however, it misses the mark for productive spiritual faith, and Christian belief.  Like divine love, the peace of GOD may not be understood using the terms of carnal experience.  Here are a few points to consider:

(1.)  The Kingdom of GOD is not a cultural, geopolitical, intellectual  or social sphere.  The kingdom is a pattern within the spirit matter of created beings and living creatures.  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ as Risen Lord, believers receive a fresh endowment of the same Spirit that was imparted to Adam as the “breath of life.”  Believers receive inseparable aspects of divinity that include such sacred spirit substance as faith, holiness, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  Christianity acknowledges a “god of judgment.”  Therefore, divine law, correction, mercy, punishment, and reward are recurring themes.  Focus for the judgment of GOD is not merely upon bad attitudes, naughty behavior, and unsavory conduct.  The living are examined for their expressions of the divine nature, and the possibility of their permanent and continuing value as “life companions” of Christ.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Death is GOD’s tool, however, life is GOD’s intent.  The divine use of death pertains to completion of mortality, purification, rebirth, and the renewal of spirit matter damaged through the operations of sin.  Sin is no material or physical thing a person can hold in their hand, nor is sin spirit matter put forth by GOD.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, Sacred Person, and all Creation.  Yet sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Death allows resurrection, that does not eliminate sin, yet, permits operations to establish immortality, incorruptibility, and all the other elements of eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.  (2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Focus today is upon the use of firearms and guns by military chaplains, doctors, and priests.  Also, there is more on reading Scriptures that may be unclear.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sam” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since February 04, 2014) posted the following:

 

Do you think doctors and priests/chaplains should carry guns if their job is to serve humanity and save people? 

I am a 23 year old guy going into the army MD program. I carry a glock 19 for self defense and I practice frequently on weekends. I also own a 12 gauge pump, a judge revolver, an AK47, SKS, 357 magnum, 308. deer hunting rifle, 22 target pistol and a 1911. I was showing my friend my collection before we went out to shoot and his girlfriend made a comment about how I was not being very “doctor like”. She told me that she thought it was weird that someone who wanted to save lives would be so into guns. I told her that I was going to be a military doctor and that she should just chill out, but then she brought up the geneva convention. According to the Geneva convention military docs and priests are non-combatants and it is illegal to target them in combat. Supposedly their prime directive is to do no harm. She was just ******* with me and we had a good laugh but it really got me thinking.

If I go to medical school do you think they would be annoyed that a doctor is also prepared to kill people? I am not a nut and I would not carry my glock where I am not allowed to, but at the same time I feel like there might be a lot of liberal people there.

On the same point, I hardly ever see a priest or preacher with a gun, only the crazy ones on TV. I am not particularly religious and I don’t go to church so I guess I wouldn’t know.

Do you think that a person who has aa job to save lives and serve humanity, like a doctor or a priest or whatever, should carry a firearm?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014)—Correct spiritual knowledge, full understanding, and genuine wisdom come gradually to a believer; and there are many things a believer must encounter and respond to all at the same time.  Yet, GOD is not the author of confusion; and it is not God’s intent to belittle, misdirect, or mock those he receives through Christ.  All believers should continue to experience some awkwardness, discomfort, and embarrassment as they are brought into humility by the presence of GOD in their awareness.  The knowledge we are given by GOD is for the fulfillment of divine purposes, not one own self-promotion.  All believers must experience a process of spiritual growth wherein contradictions, errors, and bad habits may be identified, and removed.  More than this attitudes, behavior, and conduct that respond to sin must be detected, properly labeled, repented of, resisted, and suppressed.  Believers are to experience the holy writings as a spark or stimulus that activates spiritual discernment, discovery, and insight.  Multiple exposures to a range of scriptural statements allow recognition of otherwise invisible differences as well as their agreement, contrast, fit, and sameness.  See Proverbs 9:  6-10, 1st Corinthians 14:  10-33, James 1:  5-8, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (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;  (2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Are We the Spoils of War? (01/08/2014); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); Of War and Judgment (10/08/2013); Heart, Brain or Spirit? (10/09/2013); Jericho Justified? (07/02/2013); Theoretical Forgiveness? (07/03/2013); The Return in Glory? (07/04/2013); A GOD of War? (03/12/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); A Godly Take on Guns (01/18/2013); It Is Finished (01/19/2013); Why Did the Judges Fight? (10/19/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012)

 

“Sam”, here are a few points that might clarify Christian belief and responsibility:

1.  Accountability.  Committing acts of violence may be in keeping with ones lawful duty such as bailiffs, executioners, sheriffs and other law enforcement officers.  Because extreme incidents and life-or-death combat situations occur in-the-line-of-duty, defense and use of force must be carried out in a manner that is professional (we say, controlled, impersonal (not based upon continuing patterns of emotion or private relationship), limited to specific pre-described situations, and supervised).  When ones actions are acceptable by official standards, and consistent with legitimate policy, they are not to be regarded as criminal.  Even so, believers acknowledge accountability to GOD.  Atonement and re-dedication may be required along with communion to re-affirm divine forgiveness.

2.  Commitment.  All disciples and workers for Christ agree to be permanently changed, and to unselfishly operate as agents for the spiritual salvation of others.  Believers are to display and make visible the same spirit content that was in Jesus.  It is in this sense that “their lives are not their own.”  To obey is to put aside ones own desire and will to carry out that of another; just as to love is to seek the benefit of another, and to add value to their life experience.  Believers are commanded to “lay down their life,” “take up the cross,” and to “turn the other cheek” in order to establish the action and presence of GOD.

It should go without saying that there is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, thoroughly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 3.  Representation.  Those who claim to represent GOD by warfare are not the same as those who represent GOD by judgment.  Peace is never an outcome of war.  Peace is by judgment, the resolution of conflict through law, and the settlement of dispute through truth.  Even where one is in obedience to a chain-of-command or the civil law of their community and nation, and are not carrying out their own personal goals and intent, they are no less obligated to operate with conscience, humanity, and integrity.  Should they begin to behave as complacent, thoughtless, unfeeling machines they are no longer fit as agents and expressions of their own families, and private lives.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.   (Romans 15:  13, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC