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Today, points are shared on discernment, receiving one sent, and “seeing” things invisible.  Also, there is more on divine knowledge and omniscience.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Artemis” (Level 7 with 39,362 points, a member since November 02, 2011) posted the following originally asked on Yahoo Answers Canada:

 

Why do people believe in what Paul/Saul wrote? God’s wrath comes in the form of lust for your own gender?

Paul the Apostle, (Saul of Tarsus) was a Hebrew turned missionary who evangelized the gospel of Christ to the first-century world around 55 AD (many years after Jesus died). At first he zealously persecuted the early followers of Jesus of Nazareth and violently tried to destroy the newly forming Christian church – until he realized that he could gain more influence and power by jumping on the Christianity gravy train.

It is said that Paul’s dramatic conversion happened when he “saw” the risen Jesus on the road to Damascus – probably one of his hallucinations during epilepsy seizures. Paul’s letters DO NOT REFER directly to this experience on the Damascus road. In Galatians, he writes that God “was pleased to reveal his son to me” and in 1 Corinthians, “last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also”.

Thereafter, Paul traveled all over neighboring territories evangelizing and proselytizing Christianity. He wrote Epistles (i.e. letters) to Romans, Corinthians, Galatians etc. making up and detailing all the EVILS THAT WILL BE BROUGHT UPON THEM BY THE WRATH OF GOD, IF THEY DID NOT CONVERT to Christianity. These epistles were then collated to form the new testament.

13 of the 27 books in the New Testament are attributed to Paul, and about half of the Acts of the Apostles deals with Paul’s life and works. Only seven of the epistles can be accepted as being entirely authentic. The other 6 are believed to have come from followers writing in his name.

 

Romans 1:25: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men… Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator …God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly…..”

Isn’t this just to scare people – god’s wrath will fall upon people who refuse to worship him – and this wrath will be in the form of lust for the same gender? How does that make sense?

 

Why do people believe in Paul/Saul?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The You GOD “Knows” (02/25/2014)—(5.)  The omniscience of GOD pertains to the various eternal operations and purposes whereby cosmic and divine order are maintained.  GOD knows you as he intends that you will be:  Sanctified (i.e., cleansed and set apart for divine service); alert; alive; confident; dutiful; gentle; faithful; forgiving; kind; healthy and nourished in body, mind and spirit; endowed with godly power; merciful; respectful; reverent; righteous; and wise.  Through the operations of sin, there are now many possibilities for spiritual confusion, corruption, destruction, and disunity.  Apart from GOD, created beings and living creatures do not become aware of, or achieve all the possibilities for the excellence of their own being.  The provisions from GOD that enable resistance to sin, yet do not totally eliminate sin, include baptism (spiritual death, and rebirth having divine DNA), sacred law, praise, prayer, the practice of sacraments, and the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Believers in Jesus as their Redeemer and Savior are cautioned against seeking a “whore’s reward,” rather than continuing to prepare for the full measure of immortality and incorruptibility they will receive at his glorious Advent.  All that glitters is not gold, so to speak; and those expecting only amusement, hilarity, and an episode of pleasure are often given instead disease, lasting shame, humiliation, and death.  We were not created to be anchored and weighed down with blasphemy, defiance, ignorance, and the worship of false gods.  Yet, many are mired in, and struggling against these and many other “quicksands” of sin.  Having no part with GOD and Christ, those whose names do not appear in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be those that GOD does not “know”.  They will be cast into the lake of fire (the second death) as though they never existed.  See Matthew:  7:  24-27, 1st Corinthians 3:  9-23, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect:  yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew:  for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.  (1st Corinthians 2:  6-23, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Lawful Revenge? (01/02/2014); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); Feeling Loved By GOD? (06/16/2013); To Find A True Christian? (06/17/2013); “Authorized Personnel Only” (03/13/2013); Before Abraham Was… (03/14/2013); Why A “Spokesperson”? (01/14/2013); No Contradictions? (01/15/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012)

 

“Artemis”, here are a few points to consider from Christian belief that have helped many recognize and escape from spiritual confusion:

(1.)  Believers are commanded to continually practice and apply discernment.  We are to use the spirit content we have within ourselves, and within the things given from GOD (e.g., events, praise, prayers, the holy writings) to correctly examine, and successfully recognize other things that will come to us as genuine sacred knowledge, prophecy, revelation, truth, and wisdom.  This is specially important for receiving divine spokespersons (we say, prophets), miracles (we say, sacred events) along with incarnations and visitations (we say, those who are sent as was Jesus, whom many among the priests and Levites denied).

(2.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth the aspects of his own makeup as the life and existence of all created beings and living creatures.  Despite their operations through intellect, logic, reason, and science, awareness and comprehension are limited for all the many life forms of heaven and earth.  Apart from the provisions of GOD, many aspects of their own nature, substance and potential remain hidden from their own finite mind.  More than this, the details and dynamics of divine operations, sacred process and eternal purpose are invisible to any spirit not infused with divinity.  Among those on the earth, only those born again are able to grasp the unseen presence of GOD displayed in such features as consecration, faith, glory, holiness, divine love, mercy, righteousness, sovereignty, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  In the words of an old-time spiritual song, “Everybody talkin’ ’bout heaven ain’t goin’ there…”  Believers trust that what we know—and that we know—are by multiple operations of GOD.  Rightly applied, scholarship and study may focus analysis, criticism, and other tools of mankind upon the “stuff” of mankind.  Only spirit matter through endowments from the ministry of Jesus Christ may be used to achieve clear and inarguable truth from GOD.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified:  but he that judgeth me is the Lord.  (1st Corinthians 4:  4, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Acknowledging the earth and heaven as created by Almighty GOD, Scriptures on Scripture is presented, today, focusing upon “the world” as a man-made life system for human communication, exchange, and survival.

SOME THOUGHTS ON

15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof:  but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.  (1st John 2:  15-17, KJV)

Ecclesiastes 3:  10-12  (KJV)  10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.   11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:  also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.  12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

John 12:  19  (KJV)  19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

John 14:  15-18  (KJV)  15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.  16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:  but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  18 I will not leave you comfortless:  I will come to you.

John 14:  25-29  (KJV)  25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.  26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father:  for my Father is greater than I.  29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe.

John 15:  18-20  (KJV)  18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own:  but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep your’s also.

John 16:  32-33  (KJV)  32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone:  and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:  but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

John 17:  6-15  (KJV)  6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:  thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.  7 Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.  8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me.  9 I pray for them:  I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.  10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.  11 And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.  12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name:  those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.  13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.  14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Acts 17:  29-31  (KJV)  29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.  30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:  31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

1st Corinthians 1:  18-21  (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.

 

Again, readers are invited to use the Comments area to add Scriptures they feel are a good fit with the day’s post (see example, below).   There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Jesus is coming soon.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

 

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