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Today, reply is made on Christians celebrating the 4th of July as being “of the world” and, therefore, a sin.  Divinity may use families, nations, and even individuals as instruments and tools to demonstrate and fulfill sacred operations, eternal purposes, judgment, and revelation.  Throughout the holy writings there are accounts that speak of cities, towns and regions as if they were female (e.g., daughters, mothers, etc.).  The principle of “incarnation” is in effect whereby communities and households of faith embody or fail to display spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Through its people chosen by GOD in the person of  Jesus Christ, nations receive anointing, deposits, endowments, seed, and unction that are inseparable aspects of the divine makeup.  Also included are sacred substance and spirit content such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, wrath against sin, and zeal.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data appears) posted the following:

 

Christians, isn’t it a sin to celebrate 4th of July?

be in the world but not of the world

if you love the world and the things in it the love of The Father is not in you

Also God is disapointed with usa for lgbt and destruction is coming and a tsunami

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned:  but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  (John 3:  16-21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017); Installing The New President (01/20/2017); Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, correctly understood, all government is an expression of sacred law and divine order; and GOD is no less divine where men are allowed to exercise authority, discharge duty, and take up responsibility under his sovereign rule.  Below are some points of belief that will be found among many of the mature Christians who will be celebrating as American patriots on July 04, 2017.  GOD has not forbidden that mankind exist in the form of “nations” that shelter and utilize collectives, groups, institutions, and personal relationships to accomplish increase, prosperity, and survival.  The active presence and government of GOD is made visible through organizations, their godly leaders, those who advise and give counsel as well as through sanctified parents, teachers, and caretakers.  There are many elements, principles, and points of sacred knowledge that come together in holidays of national celebration.  Consider again the following:

1.  Proverbs 14:  34, King James Version (KJV):  34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:  but sin is a reproach to any people.

2.  Isaiah 9:  6-7, KJV:  6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

3.  Romans 4:  13-18, KJV:  13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:  15 Because the law worketh wrath:  for where no law is, there is no transgression.  16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,  17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

4.  Romans 13:  1-4, KJV:  1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

5.  Jeremiah 29:  4-7, KJV:  4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;  5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;  6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.  7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it:  for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, 6.  1st Timothy 2:  1-6, KJV:  1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, reply is made on why there are so many days of “Easter season.”  Becoming full and mature as a Christian believer requires a person gain mastery by meeting many challenges; acknowledging doctrine and teachings that involve multiple subtleties (barely visible differences; hidden shifts in meaning and value) as well as by regularly practicing discernment (using ones own spirit content to recognize and respond to Spirit content from the makeup of GOD).  Rebirth as a believer may be instantaneous and miraculous, yet, growth as a believer will be gradual, and throughout ones lifetime.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Nicole” (Level 1 showing no points, a member since March 02, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why people and kids don’t celebrate 50 days of Easter with Easter eggs and the Easter bunny ? and why only Easter Sunday if it is 50 days ?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For a testament is of force after men are dead:  otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood.
For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:  (Hebrews 9:  17-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Chocolate Bunnies!  Easter Eggs! (04/18/2017); Completing Divine Unfinished Business (04/17/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); The Holy Week Continues (04/14/2017); Benefits of His Kingdom? (04/11/2017); The Hope of Glory (03/02/2017); The Resurrection of Jesus Acknowledged? (04/03/2015)

 

“Nicole”, the calendar for Christian believers includes the 40 days of Lent and a Holy Week in response to the fact that multiple sacred events (we also say, mysteries) from throughout the Bible are fulfilled in the earthly life of the Son of GOD, and are to be acknowledged along with his death, burial, resurrection and ascension.  For example, just as Moses endured 40 days and 40 nights upon the mountain of GOD fasting, praying, and humbling himself to the Most High before GOD responded by granting him the divine law (the Ten Commandments), following his baptism at the Jordan River, Jesus was separated by the Holy Spirit, and spent 40 days and nights fasting, praying, and supplicating to GOD before he would receive the power to serve as Redeemer and Savior.  Both Moses and Jesus endured a trial of severe suffering—hunger, thirst, the burning sun by day, the freezing temperatures at night, the powerful winds—to prepare them for the opposition they would meet from the people they were sent to serve.  For Jesus, this also meant the challenges of Satan, his Passion at the Garden of Gethsemane followed by arrest, humiliation, scourging, and death on the cross.

The life and ministry of Jesus included events that, in effect, established a second creation of mankind that is to be followed by a second creation of heaven and earth.  Along with baptism, the Ordinance of Humility (foot-washing), the Lord’s Supper, and the new testament in his blood, Jesus established atonement and propitiation for sin, and also prepared mankind to receive the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  With this in view, it is acceptable to start small children with simple ideas and instruction that must become greater and greater as they progress to adulthood.  Marshmallow chicks, multi-flavored and multicolored jelly beans, and Easter bonnets are mild and pleasant ways to introduce the covenants, promises and new testament of GOD through a season that is one of both planting and harvest.

To experience the full joy of Resurrection Sunday, believers also must sorrow, suffer, and wrestle against sin in their own lives and the lives of others around them; must pass through death and rebirth (we say, must be born again) to “grow up again” and become mature as sons and daughters of GOD who contain fresh deposits of divine spirit; and must focus upon sacred knowledge and sacred practices that will allow them to recognize and respond to spirit content from the makeup of GOD residing within events, themselves, other persons, the holy writings, etc.

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 on the place of spring baskets, colored eggs, and candies in acknowledging the resurrection of Christ.  Right away, mature Christian believers may discern the sacred principle, “the elder will serve the younger.”  To “stair-step” information as we minister to the young is not the same as betrayal, deceit, or lying.  For the simple, such concepts as the cross, new creation, rebirth, restoration from death, and eternal life are made more memorable and understandable through devices that address carnal, material, and social needs.  Christian parents should be unafraid and unashamed to comfort, nurture, protect, and support their young ones using balance, for in following Jesus Christ their children will be exposed to the fullness of life that includes bereavement, disappointments, loss, persecution, and sorrow.  Many sophisticated doctrines and teachings will go over the heads of their little charges.  Even so, the children’s discernment (i.e., ability to use their own spirit substance from the makeup of divinity to recognize and respond to the spirit matter residing in events, other persons, practices, promises, the holy writings, etc.) will be heightened and sharpened.  Inseparable aspects of the divine makeup will become increasingly “visible” to them including faith, forbearance, forgiveness, grace, gratitude, holiness, hope, joy, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Going further, mature believers should be willing to give consideration to the divine process and operations for communication, exchange, and interaction between and among the Creator with his created beings and living creatures.  A corollary and parallel truth is seen to “first that that is natural, then that that is spiritual,” namely:  First that that is visible, then that that is invisible; first that that is openly displayed, then that that is hidden; first that that is simple, then that that is profound.

For both adult and child believers, spiritual development and growth are gradual, and may often require responses that are distinctive, one-of-a-kind, and unique.  Sacred knowledge, relationships anchored in love, and perfection do not progress in accordance with fixed cycles, worldly expectations, and time-tables as seen through the patterns of chronological, emotional, intellectual, and mental development.  It is not sin or wrong-doing to respond to children in the terms of their emotional and social development, yet, care must be taken with an eye to their preparation for adult accountability and independent decision-making.  The wisdom of the Scriptures also counsel, Children, obey your parents in all things:  for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged (Colossians 3:  20-21, King James Version, KJV).

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  (1st Corinthians 13:  8-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Completing Divine Unfinished Business (04/17/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); The Resurrection of Jesus Acknowledged? (04/03/2015); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Because this is Christmas Day, 2015, and a time when we celebrate the spiritual gifts established through the Incarnation of GOD, the topic today is the forgiveness given by divinity.  Our offenses and transgressions appear to be greater to ourselves at certain times of the year, during holidays, and when the overall atmosphere becomes festive (e.g., anniversaries, birthdays, Easter, Hanukkah, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving).  Many become depressed and morbid as they feel more convicted regarding our continuing need for salvation.  Even so, receive the following from the Bible as your special gift from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and see the discussion below:   Hebrews 1:  1-9, King James Version (KJV):  1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,  2 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;  3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:  4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.  8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.  9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.  May you be blessed in your acknowledgments of Christ this Christmas, in the Sabbath rest that will begin at sundown, and throughout the New Year that will be arriving soon.  A writer using the ID “maurice” (Level 1 with 62 points, December 23, 2015) posted the following at “Yahoo! Answers”:

 

I know it’s Christmas but can I be forgiven ?

The reason why I ask because I had a bad thought against Jesus and today his birthday and I’m worried idek why would I think this way

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:  all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  (Colossians 1:  10-20, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); The Process of Forgiveness? (10/21/2015); To Err is Human? (07/24/2015); A Christmas Message, 2014 (12/25/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“maurice”, today, mature Christian believers around the world are acknowledging the gifts we have received for the cleansing, healing, and perfection of mankind by divinity appearing in the person of Jesus Christ.  The Creation of GOD (both heaven and earth) has become defiled and imperfect through the operations of sin.  Final judgment, mortality, and that humans all die, is a result of sin being among us.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the divine Law Giver, and of the Creation that responds to divine law.  Sin is now a permanent condition for human expression, and can not be eliminated without divine intervention on a cosmic scale.  Through the life of Christ—his birth, suffering, death and resurrection—his disciples now receive special deposits of divine substance (we say, breath, life essence, spirit, word).  In water baptism (i.e., death and burial of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) believers are “born again.”  All receive inseparable aspects of the divine makeup (such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin).  Those  born again must gradually grow up, and mature again by meeting the same life challenges as all others upon the earth. Our “growing pains” are tolerable because we have assurances and promises from GOD that include praises, prayer, proclamation, and prophecy.  Consider again the following that you may have read in your Bible:

(1.)  Isaiah 9:  6, King James Version (KJV):  6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:  and the government shall be upon his shoulder:  and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

(2.)  John 18:  36-38, KJV:  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.  38 Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

(3.)   John 16:  27-29, KJV:  27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.  28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world:  again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.  29 His disciples said unto him, Lo, now speakest thou plainly, and speakest no proverb.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones own spiritual development, here.  (For example, (4.)  1st Timothy 1:  15-17, KJV:  15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.  16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.  17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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Freedom, idolatry, the celebration of Christmas, and use of the Christmas tree are topics, today.  Cultural arrogance, ethnicity, and racism are vain, and do not nourish the imparted, indwelling Spirit from GOD.  For mature Christian believers the birth of Jesus is acknowledged as the fulfillment of prophecy, divine proclamation, and sacred promise, therefore even African American believers count themselves free to celebrate understanding principles for living that come from GOD.  However, for developing believers—those recently born again, or continuing their gradual growth as being in sacred relationship—the observance of Christmas may appear as only a family custom, the expression of popular culture, or merely a longstanding social tradition.  Even so, such features as Santa Claus, fantasy, gift-giving, and folk tales to amuse and entertain do not convey an antichrist spirit as does apostasy, heresy, and slander.  Americans include those having root as Black sons of Canada, Haiti, Jamaica, Germany, and even Great Britain.  Christian worship among those of Black descent in America includes African Methodist Episcopal believers, Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, and Seventh Day Adventists.  Among the true disciples of Jesus, there are many devices, experiences and lessons that are to be used to foster cleansing, growth, healing and perfection.  Consider again the holy writings, and the points shared below:  Psalms 97:  9-12, King James Version (KJV):  9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth:  thou art exalted far above all gods.  10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil:  he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.  11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.  12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.  Also, 1st Corinthians 13:  8-12, KJV:  8 Charity never faileth:  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:  but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:  now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “yahoosucks” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since August 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why does Black America celebrate Christmas when the bible Jeremiah 10:1-5 clearly tells the Israelites not to?

I understand the white edomites breaking GOD’s laws but the blacks who are the Israelite tribe of Judah need to wake up

Update:  To all the dumb edomites, you remember the song “silver & gold” song during Christmas?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:  And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands:  and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.  Also Jeshua, and Bani, and Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodijah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan, Pelaiah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law:  and the people stood in their place.  So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.  And Nehemiah, which is the Tirshatha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law.  Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared:  for this day is holy unto our LORD:  neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength.  So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy; neither be ye grieved.  And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared unto them.  (Nehemiah 8:  5-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); Beliefs, Customs and Racism? (09/24/2014); Are Holidays Bad? (11/16/2013); Denying GOD by Eating Shrimp? (11/17/2013)

 

“yahoosucks”, Black Americans are now privileged to be in covenant with divinity through the new testament established in the blood of Jesus Christ.  While many accept a heritage as Jews and inclusion within spiritual (not national) Israel, few claim place as “Israelites”.  African Americans have always been a diverse aspect of this New World experiment in democracy and the hope of a homeland that is to be a “melting pot.”  The bias and ignorance that established and maintained chattel slavery of Africans began in Portugal (Europe) 50 years before Columbus sailed.  Africa then (as now) was an entire continent serving as home to multiple cultures, language groups, and those who were grounded as believers in many different systems for spiritual truth.  Black Africans were never all from one tribe, one nation, one region, or one religion.  Many were Islamic believers; some answered forms of shamanism; others had received some instruction in Christianity.  Nevertheless, all were initially dehumanized and maintained as “beasts of burden,” “darkies”, and “niggras”.  In somewhat the same way, Americans whose ancestry and origin are traced to Africa, have developed differently in accordance to the peculiar challenges of life in rural vs. urban settings, status as freeman or slave, East coast vs. the West, and Mid-west vs. Northwest America. 

Today, African Americans practice spiritual disciplines that include Buddhism, Judaism, Mormonism, and Scientology.  All do not celebrate the birth of Jesus as the intercession of divinity for the deliverance of Creation from the shackles of sin.  Religious liberty is more than a political slogan in our lives; and, like the right to vote, pertains to the “quality of life” and self-esteem in ways that are fundamental.  The concepts of “equality” and “impartiality” are vital to the ideas of freedom and justice through law that are essential for stable nations.  More than this, commitment, conscience, and sacrifice—what we willingly give our lives to, or give up our lives for—is determined in response to a myriad of life conditions, challenges, goals, and opportunities.

All Black Christians do not acknowledge, praise, and reverence divinity the same way; nor do those who celebrate Christmas all do so the same way.  Blacks also may enjoy a “white Christmas” as do their neighbors across the Nation.  Customs and traditions vary like family life, home ownership, and the goals we set for our children.  As is true for all Christians everywhere, Black Christians vary in their level of knowledge, preparation, skills, and spiritual maturity.  The relationship to Deity through Jesus Christ—one faith, one Lord, one baptism, one God and Father of all—establishes Black Americans and all other Christians as having oneness (unity), rather than sameness.  Within the bounds and limits of new life through rebirth (the “law” some call self-discipline), believers all are free to pursue acquiring sacred knowledge, developing through fellowship with other believers, expressing personal devotion, maintaining sacred practices (we say, sacraments), continuing study of the holy writings, and pursuing congregational worship.

There are many other ideas that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and made a part of ones own spiritual development, here.  (For example, many Black Americans have chosen Christianity as a way to express and satisfy their personal needs for affirmation, direction, and spiritual strength.  However, others accept Christian belief as a matter of their being chosen and put to work as instruments to accomplish divine and eternal purposes that are not their own.  These are in an ongoing process of permanent change and transformation that also alters how they perceive duty, their place in society, and their participation in both secular and religious traditions.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
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Change, prophecy, resurrection, Sabbath, sacred law, and Sunday are topics, today.  After some hours of careful work, I was able to present a portion of a response to the six classic arguments (errors) regarding the Sabbath being changed by the Resurrection of Jesus.  This clear, well-reasoned teaching appeared (without a byline naming the author) within a newspaper article written in 1850.  The various arguments compared to the word of GOD were shown as follows: “1. That the Jewish prophets predicted, such a change; 2. That there was a necessity for the change in order to commemorate the completion of the work of redemption, which was finished by the resurrection of Christ; * * * 4. That on this day of the week Christ frequently met with his disciples after the resurrection; 5. That from that time the Apostles and primitive Christians religiously observed the first day in memory of this event, and as a substitute for the Sabbath ; 6. That the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit descended, was the first day of the week ; 7. That by “Lord’s day,” (Rev. i, 10,) the first day of the week was intended.”  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “truth” (Level 3 with 1,367 points, a member since July 20, 2009) posted the following:

 

Jesus is risen! That is why Sunday became a holiday -the Lord’s Day – in the world. This is the foundation of Christianity. OK?

Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.”

Matthew 28

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:  and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws:  and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.  (Daniel 7:  23-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  GOD and The Framework of Time (09/20/2014); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); Changing Times and Laws? (05/14/2014); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); To Keep It Holy (02/23/2014); 7 “Godly” Sins? (02/24/2014); About Sabbath (10/16/2013); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013); Two Different Testaments? (01/05/2013)

 

“truth”, here is one of many unpopular, sacred teachings derived by examination of the Bible that was published in Paris, ME, November 1850 in volume one, number one of a newspaper, SECOND ADVENT REVIEW, AND SABBATH HERALD.  Six of seven arguments were detailed in the article (without byline naming the author), Has the Sabbath been changed from the Seventh to the First day of the Week? (p. 1-4).  Such things are only shared and taken seriously among believers having the meekness of Jesus:

7. “Lord’s Day.”—An argument for the change of the Sabbath is founded on the supposed application of the title “Lord’s day,” to the first day of the week.  The only passage referred to for the purpose of sustaining it, is Rev, i, 10. “I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day.”  But that the day here called the Lord’s day, is the first day of the week, is merely assumed, and hence is not to be considered as proved.  It is not in fact probable that this is the day referred to.  * * * If these words be understood to refer to a natural day, it is more likely to be the seventh day, which God had blessed and sanctified for his special service, than the first day.  The seventh day is called by Him “my holy day,” and “the holy of the Lord”—phrases similar to the one in this passage.  This was also the Sabbath which was made for man, and of which Christ says he is Lord.  And since it was observed up to the close of the New Testament history, it would be perfectly natural for John to speak of it as ” the Lord’s day.”  Further, there is no evidence that the first day of the week was denominated the Lord’s day, at so early a period.  Only one writer mentions the expression till towards the close of the second century ; and the reputed author of this passage, when speaking, in his Gospel, (which was written some years later than the Apocalypse,) of the resurrection of Christ, and the first day of the week, never intimates that the day should be called by any other name.  The learned Morer, though an advocate for the first day, in mentioning the different days to which this phrase may be applied, acknowledges the entire uncertainty as to what day is intended, and says, “It is very likely that the more solemn and public use of the words was not observed until about the time of Sylvester II., when, by Constantine’s command, it became an injunction.”  It is evident, therefore, that this passage cannot justly be used as proof that the Sabbath was transferred to the first day of the week.

We have now examined the texts commonly adduced to prove a change of the original Sabbath, and have them utterly insufficient and deceptive. Hence the claims of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, without alteration, are fully sustained.  The advocates for the first clay arc aware that if an abrogation or change of the original Sabbath law cannot be made out, the seventh clay is still the true Sabbath.  Dr. Dwight, for instance, makes the following admission:  “If we cannot find in the Scriptures plain and simple proof of the abrogation of the original day, or the substitution of a new one, the seventh day undoubtedly remains in full force and obligation, and is now to be celebrated by all the race of Adam.”  [From Sab. Vindicator]

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, the Lord’s resurrection was not intended to change divine law, or the timing for scheduled sacred events previously announced through prophecy.  Jesus came to fulfill, not to annul, countermand, or erase.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Scriptures are shared to clarify the Gospel (we say, good news) along with the various memorials, and annual observances for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  Today, Good Friday, is the day designated for remembrance of the crucifixion.  Many cultural and social customs and traditions are now attached to the sacred events (we say, miracles) of judgment, death, and resurrection that were demonstrated through Jesus Christ.  Most of the apostles and disciples with him at their camp on the Mount of Olives went into hiding (fearing their own arrest), were not present at the crucifixion, did not expect Jesus to be detained or punished, and therefore doubted the reports of the Lord having been killed.  However, one of the women who had witnessed the execution also discovered the empty tomb, saw the Master alive, and proclaimed to the others, He is risen!  The Savior was not seen following his arrest, death, and temporary burial until the first day of the week, Sunday.  Combined hours from the four days (Thursday to Sunday) account for the “three days and nights in the grave” as written in prophecy.  When the good news was announced, many continued to be uncertain, despite Jesus having carefully explained on many occasions the events that were to occur in fulfillment of the holy writings.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using as ID “israel” (a member since October 25, 2014, with 7 points at Level 1) posted the following subtle (i.e., barely visible; disguised; having multiple hidden shifts in meaning and value) thrust:

 

Why do Christians celebrate crucifixion on Easter?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,  And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:  (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:  And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.  See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:  Whose voice then shook the earth:  but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:  For our God is a consuming fire.  (Hebrews 12:  18-29, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Crimes Christ Crucified For? (11/07/2014); Both Lost and Found? (11/08/2014); Resurrection from the Dead? (04/23/2014); Not A Matter Of Opinion? (04/24/2014); Resurrection Sunday (04/19/2014); Jesus Scourged (04/05/2014); Brothers, Not Equals (04/06/2014); The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); Jesus Arose Bodily (12/24/2013); Thanking and Blaming GOD (12/25/2013); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013)

 

“israel”, you appear to be one of those who has some spiritual confusion regarding Christian beliefs.  The resurrection of Jesus is to be continuously acknowledged, along with the establishment of spiritual gifts for mankind.  In place of celebration and parties, atonement, repentance, sorrow for sin, and escape from condemnation are the focus, rather than such events as the end of Winter, the beginning of Spring, fertility and nature symbolized by a bunny, church attendance, and family reunion.  Please consider the following:

(1.)  Acts 2:  22-24, KJV:  22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:  23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:  24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death:  because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

(2.)  Acts 17:  24-32, KJV:  24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;  27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.  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.  32 And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked:  and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 15:  12-14, KJV:  12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?  13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:  14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 15:  21-26, KJV:  21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.  22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.  23 But every man in his own order:  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.  25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (5.)  John 3:  1-12, KJV:  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.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  9 Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?  10 Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?  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?)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC