Posts Tagged ‘ideas’

Today, points are shared for understanding sacred knowledge, evil, sin, and spirit-being.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Counselor For Lost Souls” (Level 7 with 33,683 points, a member since June 10, 2013) posted the following:

If Satan is the bad spirit that encourages us to do bad things, why are we punished by Satan in hell for doing bad things?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.  I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:  let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.  (Isaiah 45:  6-8, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Finite Will, Self-will and Sin? (06/01/2015); Getting It Right About Angels (05/10/2015); Divine not Demonic Process? (11/02/2014); Sin and the Great Flood (11/03/2014); False Angels of Light? (08/16/2014); Are We the Spoils of War? (01/08/2014); The Fullness of GODhead? (01/09/2014); World Without End? (01/10/2014)

“Counselor For Lost Souls”, for mature Christian believers, Satan (this name means, Adversary) is a divinely created spirit-being whose awareness and self-will have been corrupted through the operations of sin; however, there is no such thing as an independent spirit (made up of badness, sin and wickedness), that exists as the equal, the opposite, or “evil twin” of GOD.  Only divine spirit exists.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  Deity is the only origin and source for spirit substance with its multi-layered operations of spirit process.  GOD, the Immortal, the Invisible, the Holy One, has not emanated, or put forth from divinity any “bad” spirit.  We may speak of “sin” as a by-product, a residue, and an unanticipated consequence for created beings and living creatures that appeared in Creation through the condition of separation from divinity, and the living being endowed with unique coherence, independence, and integrity for communion, exchange and interaction.

(2.)  Sin is no spirit substance; and is no carnal, material, or physical thing having measurable dimensions (e.g., height, length, volume, weight).  Because sin may dominate and influence attitudes, behavior and conduct, sin is spoken of as being powerful, or as having power.  However, because sin is not something concrete or tangible one could slip into their pocket, we are inclined to say, Sin does not exist—and, therefore, can not be destroyed.  This is specially so when relying upon such finite tools as intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science.

(3.)  “Sin” also is a construct (i.e., one within a formal set of ideas) used to attribute character, nature, and quality to behavior.  The influence and operation of sin may be known through appetite, emotion/mental functions, and sensation.  By contrast, condemnation, damnation and perdition pertain to divine judgment (i.e., acknowledging the presence of divine substance; assigning value to the living upon the basis of their manifest deeds; selection of divine companions). 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (4.)  One of the most challenging scriptures for many is Isaiah 45:  57 (King James Version):  7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  Error correctly understanding “evil” continues among those who are simple (i.e., immature, naïve, underdeveloped).  They fail to grasp how or why GOD may employ calamity and disaster that appear as judgment, as sudden and widespread change, or as upheaval.  Where believers refuse careful study of the Scriptures and the necessary work to acquire sacred knowledge, they may be relying upon emotions, imagination and primitive consciousness (i.e., gut-feelings, intuition, instinct, superstition).  Thus, they will not have light from the holy writings that also include statements provided to proclaim the exalted authority and sovereign power of Deity, and that are not to be confused with the many teachings to clarify the divine response to sin.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Points are shared from the Bible responding to a question on the central concepts of Christianity.  During stages of our growth, and at certain times, various important ideas may seem more relevant to our daily lives than others.  It must be understood that salvation may only be described using a wide spectrum of equally meaningful and inseparable sacred concepts.  Both sorrow for, and wrath against sin should appear.  There must be communion, contrition, grace, perfection, propitiation, and sanctification. In addition to atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, judgment and eternal life, mature Christian believers also embrace the appearance of divinity through sacred law, rebirth, the indwelling of GOD as imparted Spirit, the Second Coming of Christ (we say, Advent) along with unselfish service as a living sacrifice through demonstration and ministry of sacred substance.  Divine love is revealed through features of Deity (we say, spirit) such as compassion, discipline, duty, gratitude, forbearance, forgiveness, and longsuffering residing within humanity (we say, flesh), rather than simply through affection, emotion, fantasy, material gifts, passion, and romance.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “cash” (Level 1 with 78 points, a member since April 05, 2015) posted the following:

 

Why are the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus such central concepts in Christianity?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.  And this will we do, if God permit.  (Hebrews 6:  1-3, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The God Concept? (02/13/2015); The Testing of Job? (10/06/2014); Knowing the Spirit is Inside? (10/07/2014); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013); Salted with Fire? (09/24/2013); The Gospel not Logical? (09/16/2012); Unwelcome Gifts? (09/17/2012)

 

“cash”, here are a few points from the holy writings shared among Christian believers that bind us to GOD, who only could appear on behalf of all Creation as Jesus, the Resurrected and Glorified One:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18, 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.

(2.)  1st Corinthians 3:  11-15, KJV:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest:  for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:  but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 3:  1-3, KJV:  1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.  2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat:  for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.  3 For ye are yet carnal:  for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

(4.)  1st Corinthians 2:  5-7, KJV:  5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.  6 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:  7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

(5.)  1st Corinthians 2:  12-14, KJV:  12 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.  13 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.  14 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.

(6.)  Colossians 2:  8-9, KJV:  8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

(7.)  Romans 8:  9, KJV:  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  For example, (8.)  1st John 4:  3, KJV:  3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:  and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Love has spoken.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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

 

Can a christian believe in evolution?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Spiritual confusion stemming from the account of sin among angels in heaven comes into view, again.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Earl” (Level 1 with 4 points, a member since November 21, 2013) posted the following:

 

If demons are angels that sinned, doesnt that mean heaven isnt perfect?

Maybe god isnt perfect either , or maybe there is no such thing as perfect when referring to a “being”

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  (2nd Peter 1:  2-11, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); GOD to “Try Harder”? (03/17/2014); Unclear Scriptures? (03/18/2014); A Perfected Body (03/09/2014); Immutable GODhead (03/10/2014); The Adversary? (12/05/2012); “Soul” Food? (12/06/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

“Earl”, your expression of faith moves me to share a few points from my own understanding of divine perfection:

(1.)  While to be “perfect” is to be complete, finished, and at the highest level of quality, the perfection of GOD expressed through material creation, created beings, and living creatures also generates change, development, diversity, growth, and movement.  Divine perfection must be established using a divine standard that would include balance, all specific holy intent, eternal life, and sacred purpose.

(2.)  GOD is a spirit, and the perfection of spirit is not apprehended using finite intellect, logic, mathematics, reason, philosophy, and science.  Spirit is without measurable dimensions that are the core substance for secular knowledge.  Aristotle’s course for classifying and grouping things is plain, and has served on many levels for human experience.  When applied to spiritual things that rule becomes what Christians call “discernment” (spirit content must be used to recognize and respond to other spirit content).

(3.)  Sin is no material or spirit thing put forth from the Creator, yet, sin has direction, effect, and presence.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living.  Christians who receive Jesus Christ as redeemer and savior also acknowledge his office as the High Priest within the Temple of heaven.  The cleansing and removal of the marks from sin are accomplished only by applications of blood that convey life and sacred substance (we say, divinity).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Just as their place in relationship are not the same as that for Deity, perfection for GOD is not that for finite beings.  The Creator is immutable and unchanging; and is being made known and revealed to the created through multiple sacred processes.  Included are atonement, advent, correction, healing, incarnation, death, judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Discernment, divine wisdom, and law are in view, today.  Also, there is more on the separation of Church and State.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Pheby” (Level 6 with 15,506 points, a member since July 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

What wisdom means to God? God knows the entire universe is His then what is the point of His wisdom?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014)—(6.)  The State Has a Duty to Promote Dialog, Diversity, Inquiry and Research.  Where the charter and constitution of a State is a contract and solemn pledge taken up by a group of people to be duty and honor bound as companions who share the burdens, difficulties, and fruit of shared labor, there is also agreement to share materials, means and methods for growth, learning, and continuing progress.  An atmosphere, mechanisms, and opportunities for communication and exchange must be established along with devices for disseminating, distributing, and determining the value of information and ideas.  Public schools, colleges, and university systems are one form of the many tools the State may provide or support.  Additionally, there may be libraries, broadcast media (such as radio, TV), public forums (including the Internet), and publishing houses.  The shared objective of survival also entails acknowledging differences, correctly managing available human resources, responding to multiple changes and crises as well as fostering, storing, and quality control for the pool of shared life experience (we say, heritage, tradition).  Thus, ensuring freedom of expression, open and public debate of issues, and a right to free speech are priorities that characterize genuinely prosperous and stable nations.  Consider again Jeremiah 29:  4-7, Matthew 6:  24-34, Matthew 18:  3 and Revelation 11:  14-16, KJV.

(7.)  Salvation is Based on Ones Content not Affiliation, Ancestry or Nationality.  Achieving American citizenship does not automatically make those immigrating to the United States a Christian, also.  Every American has not accepted, or secured a place within the kingdom of GOD.  While America is not the kingdom of GOD—nor is Great Britain, India, Ireland, Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, the Vatican, or any other state that may be named as members of the United Nations—every country now includes citizens who do have place in the kingdom of GOD as believers in Jesus Christ.  Such features as climate, family, geographical location, and rural or urban setting often determine the routine experiences available to a person, and therefore, determines the choices and decisions that appear as ones lifestyle.  Yet, where permanent changes occur within a person’s spirit content, changes should also become visible in their alertness, attitudes, behavior, conduct, deportment, readiness for spiritual instruction, receptiveness, and their overall sense of priorities and purpose.  To date, there is no evidence indicating that America has been more effective or successful as a nation attracting, building up, nourishing, or preserving the Spirit of Christ among its citizens.  Just as believers do not achieve salvation on the basis of how many books of holy writing they have read, the overall quality of public education in the communities where they reside, or the number of churches and cathedrals that appear, no one gains their salvation on the basis of where they are baptized, whether they make a pilgrimage and the “holy land” tour, the amount of alms and tithes they give, or how many hours they volunteer to charity.  Certainly such practices and resources can make a difference in ones confidence, poise, and the content they will share with other believers, and with those to whom they minister.  However, salvation is only by grace, through faith.  Consider again Matthew 3:  8-10, 1st Corinthians 12:  3, Ephesians 2:  8-9 and Galatians 3:  13-14, KJV.  See again Psalms 33:  12, Matthew 3:  8-10, Luke 17:  20-21, John 18:  36, 1st Corinthians 12:  3, Ephesians 2:  8-9 and Galatians 3:  13-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame:  and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.  Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee:  rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.  Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser:  teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:  and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.  (Proverbs 9:  7-10 KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); A Start for the Idea of GOD? (09/09/2013); The Bible and Genealogy (09/10/2013); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2012); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2012); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012)

 

“Pheby”, here are a few points needed for Christian belief that may help you gain understanding:

(1.)  Wisdom pertains to continuing existence, to the quality of life experience, and to survival.  Created beings and living creatures have been endowed with aspects of wisdom from GOD.  Thus, it is by wisdom that men seek correct and full knowledge of GOD.

(2.)  Divine wisdom allows the living to address things that can not be immediately detected by their senses (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and that escape awareness because they are internal as a part of oneself (we say, too close).  Examples are bias, prejudice, racism, and sin.  Because such things have no material form, and cannot be held in ones hand or put into your pocket, we count them as invisible, yet knowable through their consequences and effects.

(3.)  Law and discernment are forms of wisdom from GOD that may be found among mankind.  Discernment is the ability to use ones own spirit content to recognize the spirit substance in such features of experience as events, objects, other persons, prophecy, purposes, and holy writings.  The living must have divine wisdom in order to embrace the full revelation of GOD (i.e., what GOD is displaying, showing, and wants us to know about divinity), and to be in a fruitful relationship with the Almighty.  Wisdom also allows one to detect things that are diabolical, subtle (characterized by barely visible differences; having hidden shifts in meaning and value), or remote and unseen, yet, are threatening to mankind.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  For example, (4.)  Christian believers receive a readiness to learn and apply wisdom through the process of baptism (death of ones inborn spirit, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak).  Those born again must “grow up” again by meeting the same challenges of life given to all upon the earth.  Sacred wisdom is acquired gradually through experiences of the new life in Christ that come by such features as fellowship with believers who have attained wisdom, by praise and prayer, by regular practice of sacraments, by correct study of the Scriptures, by giving and unselfish service, and by continual reverence and right worship.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC