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Today, reply is shared on heaven as the sphere of eternal life generated by active presence and divine fullness wherein divinity exists in continuous communion with created beings and living creatures through their endowment of imparted spirit from the makeup of GOD. The character, process and substance of heaven proceeds directly from GOD, therefore, heaven is a place of immortality, incorruptibility, peace, perfection, and highest praise. Men do not die and go to heaven for rest so much as they go to heaven for further service to divinity and additional sacred works. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anomymouscutie” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since February 18, 2016) posted the following:

 

Can someone explain heaven?

Im Muslims and I’m confused! So when we go to heaven we were told we could get whatever we want but dosent that make us greedy? We would just want more and more! I mean dosent god teach us to be thankful and not be greedy? So why is he giving us things we don’t need in heaven? And why would we want anything? I mean expensive cars and money have no value ! Thier worthless! So what’s the point in all this? Can someone explain? I’m confused!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14: 2-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Places Closer To GOD (03/24/2019); Asking Questions in Heaven? (11/15/2018); According To The Pattern (09/27/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Paradise and The Cross? (03/07/2016); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

Anomymouscutie”, be encouraged! Here are some thoughts I can share as a Christian believer that you may find useful when considering the meaning of “heaven” or “paradise”:

Where heaven is described as an aspect of sacred knowledge within a structured belief system (i.e., catechism; doctrine; sacred studies; testimony) there are multiple practices that preserve and selectively share the original materials, mysteries, and sacred substance embedded within the patterns and themes that appear. Included may be the character and makeup of divinity; the expression of divine personhood, prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will; the provision of correction, punishment, or rewards through a process of divine judgment; and alternative descriptions for the primary spheres of life (e.g., a realm of the dead; a realm of celestial presence, beauty, and perfection; a realm of torment, etc.).

2. Sinners who turn to GOD for forgiveness and change in their lives through Christian belief are encouraged to receive a fresh endowment of the same life essence (i.e., breath; spirit; word) that was imparted from the makeup of GOD to reside within the first male and female (Adam). Where one becomes “born again,” they also must “grow up again” and become mature/ripe for harvest from the earth by the Lord at his coming. Inseparable aspects of full divinity are implanted as divine DNA, so to speak. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

3. There are many descriptions of heaven that are not from the major belief systems for sacred knowledge; and heaven will not be manifest as an expression of sanctified person, divine substance, and sacred process. In folklore, tradition, and creative arts, heaven may be spoken of using terms of the life process for mankind on the earth that are carnal, competitive, political, and social. Their thoughts and understandings are suited to frameworks for finite human qualities and tools such as appetite, sensation, emotion, and mind. The broad mix of ideas and themes that may appear does not always bear fruit, edify, or nourish correct understandings of divinity. Included may be lofty themes of time and space, measurable dimension and science, sorcery, superstition, witchcraft, and the occult.

4. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible to present the theme that heaven is a place where the Creator and the created both can exist having a relationship uninterrupted by the operations of sin: Isaiah 57: 15-21, King James Version (KJV): 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

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

 

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Today, the reply shares an answer to atheists, mockers and other scorners who liken Christian belief in divinity to the fantasies of small children having invisible, imaginary friends. In addition to supplying a companion for exploration and play who helps to manage anxiety, fear and risk-taking, the device of imaginary friends appears during the course of a childs development as an expression of their need for affirmation through peers who are reflections of themselves. Those who receive rebirth through the ministry of Jesus Christ are granted a fresh endowment of spirit substance from the makeup of GOD. Included are balance, faith, hope, joy, lovingkindness, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. As products of ones flesh (i.e., emotions, feelings, sensation, the mind), and as finite man-made tools to address emotional and psychological episodes, what a child imagines has no power to establish authentic godly attitudes, behavior and conduct, or to generate a continuing relationship with divinity. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Christians, what would you say if atheist tell you to Grow up & get rid off your Imaginary Friend?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 34-39, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: From Spirit Not Mud (02/26/2019); Not By Bread Only (02/22/2019); Anger Against Our Parents? (01/10/2019); We Have To Believe? (01/06/2019); Offering Yourself To Christ? (12/27/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); Beyond Anything We Imagine? (11/13/2015); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); Delusions and Revelation (09/23/2014)

 

Anonymous”, Christianity is one of the most challenging and comprehensive belief systems the world will ever know. Only those who are capable of making adult decisions and sound choices actually become, remain, and unselfishly serve as members within the body of Christ (his church). The followers of Jesus Christ all pass through multiple stages of organic development, discovery, gradual growth, and ordered change that may seem natural and in keeping with the usual patterns for human experience. However, the complete transformation the believer must undergo can only be accomplished through actions by divinity. To continually exist and live as a Christian demands balance, completeness, consistency, direction, focus, and stability—in a word we say, maturity. It is not enough that ones consciousness and self-will (willpower) be made receptive to divinity as an invisible, yet, active presence. Rather than finite secular knowledge such as philosophy, politics and science the believer must acquire sacred knowledge. The character, inner makeup, and sources for awareness and action within the believer must be infused with inseparable sacred substance, and reconfigured to continually display the image of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Fresh endowments of divine life essence (we also say, breath; spirit; word) establish believers as vessels of divinity, the children of GOD, and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Even so, those who are “born again” must “grow up again” while living on the earth to exist as mature/ripe for harvest by the Lord at his appearing. Within the body, there must be full acceptance of ones own accountability; willingness to complete duty and discharge obligation; discretion; fidelity; and integrity. Perfection and the final transformation of the Christian believer to exist as an immortal, incorruptible companion of divinity will be completed at the Advent of Christ (we also say, the Rapture; the Second Coming). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Proverbs 20: 11, King James Version (KJV): 11 Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work be pure, and whether it be right.

2. Ephesians 4: 11-16, KJV: 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

3. Hebrews 6: 1-3, KJV: 1 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,

2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply shares points endorsing sacred knowledge in place of secular knowledge and the many fascinations from idolatry, superstition, the occult, and the supernatural. To avoid spiritual confusion, divine truth should be maintained as set apart, privileged, and exclusive. Through the operations of sin, mankind has become vulnerable to defilement of their inborn life essence (breath; spirit; word) imparted from the makeup of GOD. Sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within created beings and living creatures; may accelerate the completion of their mortality, or the end of their duration; and may result in their destruction through the second death. In the same way human survival requires ability to recognize and respond to truth that describes and obeys the conditions put forth by natural law, ability to communicate, survive, and be in ongoing relationship with divinity requires consciousness of spirit substance, the conditions put forth by divine law, and the unadulterated operations of the Creator. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Wesley” (Level 1 with 8 points, a member since August 19, 2017) posted the following:

 

If God created the spirit world then why would the bible claim he is so against us exploring it or using its energy?

For things. Do any of the Christian’s think about this. The bible speaks out strongly against the occult and viewing the spirit world or gaining knowledge. All of this can be done through meditation.

Why if God were real would he be threatened by his creation gaining energy knowledge and power. All those scriptures just prove that it is a control mechanism anyways to keep people powerless.

The ancient Egyptians had stuff on Hell Outer darkness and a Second death you can look it up this apparently is where the bible got some of its ideas.

What was the point of their religion though that if you didn’t meditate or follow a spiritual path that you were at risk for those things naturally after death. They even suggested your spirit could die and then boom you no longer exist at all no reincarnation nothing. Outer darkness is blackness and emotional turmoil you can’t view the astral without an open third eye so all you will see is nothingness and you will be consumed by your own fears and thoughts till your spirit dies.

The only way out is meditation otherwise you are dead and experience bad stuff if not in this life then the after. The ancient religions did not teach to worship Gods but that they were advanced beings to guide humanity to be like themselves. In some of the scriptures it was suggested they are physical to like us and live on another planet and were once here.

Think about all this. Obey “God” and die or open your eyes and be free.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? (John 3: 11-12, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Awe Through Sacred Revelation (12/05/2018); How Sinners Become Perfect (11/26/2018); Watching The Science Channel? (10/17/2018); Bible Language About Spirit? (06/13/2018); Mythology Opposes Christian Belief (01/08/2018); Growth Is Through Edification (06/20/2017); Academic Language? (12/10/2015); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014)

 

Wesley” a meaningful response by a mature Christian believer to your presentation would have to share many important points on the nature, process, and substance of divine fullness (we also say, the summation of all that is divinity; the Godhead; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Where you are willing to continue developing, growing, and learning, the following few points may be helpful to avoid spiritual confusion, and to provide further focus and structure to your studies:

1. Christian belief centers on establishing uninterrupted communication, exchange, and interaction with divinity (we say, Christ-likeness; ongoing relationship; the image of GOD). There must be acknowledgment of GOD appearing as active presence who, despite being immortal, incorruptible and invisible, has personhood; is capable of projecting existence and life; and provides duration, form, opportunity, possibilities, substance, and value to multiple created beings and living creatures.

2. Sin is an enigma to mankind that does not have ordinary material and physical form; does not respond to finite human tools such as intellect, logic, carnal reason, and science; and is not subject to mechanical and natural law. Sin has not been created or put forth by divinity, and contains no spirit matter or sacred substance; yet, sin may dominate consciousness and self-will within the living.

3. The operations of sin oppose the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe. Sin promotes destruction, non-existence, upheaval, and return to the conditions of chaos, flux, and confusion that were in place before the creation of heaven and earth.

4. Divinity must be apprehended on the basis of things “set apart” (we say, consecrated; made holy; purified; sanctified), and specific divine operations that include atonement, forgiveness, incarnation, judgment, resurrection, and revelation. Inseparable aspects of divine fullness must be imparted and internalized within the living (we say, breath; life essence; spirit; word) that enable discernment and response to GOD.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. There are many obstacles to mankind achieving clear, complete and correct sacred knowledge imparted by the Holy Spirit. Many promote counterfeits of divinity and deceptive practices as well as products of emotion, imagination, and sensation. Graphic and memorable thrusts against sacred truth include idolatry; superstition; fascination with the occult and the supernatural; perverted sexuality; sorcery and witchcraft; and secular knowledge (e.g., genetics; human history; mathematics; technology). ) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, points are shared on current issues in social media, and American liberty in the light of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross.  Arbitrary differences (we say, accidents, chance, or random conditions and events), individuality, and divisiveness continually threaten to alter policy, popularity, and standards within modern States, and even within our own homes.  (Included are characteristics and vital statistics describing the population such as density, distribution, growth rate; ethnic origins; regional customs; and even success for local athletes and their teams.)  Empathy, law, mutuality, reciprocity, and trust are the most fundamental and essential principles for strong communities, families, global leadership, secure nations, and covenant relationships that include marriage, peace treaties, and trade agreements.  Thus, the following words spoken by Jesus accurately describe what transforms a diverse multitude into a recognizable commonwealth:  “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”  (See Luke 6:  31, King James Version (KJV). )  One of the many fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

What do Atheists think about this transgender teen boy who thinks he is a girl was allowed to participate in a girls track meet?

“In Alaska, a boy who thinks he’s a girl is allowed to participate in the girls’ track meet, and he wins. The girls are not happy, but are not quite sure how to express their protest since they don’t want to be branded as bigots for calling a boy a boy when that boy wants to be called a girl.”

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isaiah 5:20)

Update: http://www.courageouspriest.com/

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.  For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.  For even hereunto were ye called:  because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:  Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:  by whose stripes ye were healed.  For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.  (1st Peter 2:  19-25, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); The Cross Condemns Fornication (05/20/2016); Gender, Sex and Christian Beliefs? (05/18/2016); A Bold Step Forward? (05/15/2016); A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); Many Are Called… (10/15/2015); Diversity and the Church? (07/22/2015); Different Strokes, For Different Folks? (06/22/2015); Should Men Take Their Hats Off? (05/15/2014); The Issue Is Not Accuracy (05/16/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, may I share a brief comment, here, despite being far from “atheist” and “transgender”.  With the unique understanding that comes by acknowledging the death of Jesus Christ dying upon the cross, for many mature Christian believers, the various conflicts and disputes we now see in the public forum come down to the opposition of arbitrary differences, fashions, personal preferences and things that frequently undergo change as well as traditions that are man-made, social and temporary in contrast to things described by divine law, sacred principles and spirit content along with things that are fixed and permanent (we say, eternal, everlasting) expressing divinity and spirituality.  What many in America regard as our special “liberty” and joy as a nation is the freedom to exercise conscience, work hard, fulfill our duties and answer our obligations, and then to indulge our private dreams, fantasies, and “flights of imagination.”  It is true:  We have had great fun within our homeland following much hard work; and this is counted as natural order.  Therefore, the prosperity and stability of our nation continues grounded upon such shared values as acceptance of others despite differences; acknowledgment of an equality that extends to all who live; mutual respect; assisting one another to meet common needs; heartfelt love, sincerity, and genuine tolerance as well as regard for the many forms of animal and human life that include the unborn.  Consider again the following points from the Bible that many feel also  correctly speak to the blessings, hope and spirit of America:

(1.)  Isaiah 61:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

(2.)  Psalms 119:  41-46, KJV:  41 Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.  42 So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me:  for I trust in thy word.  43 And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.  44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever.  45 And I will walk at liberty:  for I seek thy precepts.

There is far more that should be carefully said, thoughtfully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (3.)  James 2:  10-13, KJV:  10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.  11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.  12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.  13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Imagination, knowing GOD, and revelation are topics, today.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  1st Corinthians 2:  9-10, King James Version (KJV):  9 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.  10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit:  for the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Daniel” (Level with points, a member since October 21, 2015) posted the following:

Why do Christians say, God is beyond anything we can imagine and then go on to say, here’s what he’s like?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?  14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist:  some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.  15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?  16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona:  for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  (Matthew 16:  13-17, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Evidence GOD Exists? (09/29/2015); The God Concept? (02/13/2015); Believers and Evolution? (02/02/2015); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014); Delusions and Revelation (09/23/2014); Reveal Himself to All? (12/03/2013); Is Science the Right Tool? (12/04/2013)

“Daniel”, for Christian believers, “imagination” is an operation generated by self-will among the full set of emotional/mental events that occur within created beings and living creatures.  Along with such elements as delusion, dreams, fantasy, instinct, intuition, recall, and discursive thought, imagination may be understood as a product of the carnal mind and the flesh.  Flesh and mind appear as multiple recurring chemical, mechanical and organic exchanges and interactions by members, organs and tissues of ones finite body.  Attitudes and behavior should emerge from ones own spirit content imparted at Creation from the makeup of divinity.  However, the operations of flesh and sin now may dominate consciousness and self-will in created beings and living creatures.  Behavior may be routinely generated by appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion, and mind.

Sin is not carnal, material, or even social, is no living thing, and has not been created or put forth by divinity; yet, sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, of GOD as Law Giver, and of all order that derives through sacred law.  GOD is a spirit who has put forth created beings and living creatures (e.g., angels, animals, mankind), their spheres of life (e.g., earth, the sea, the universe), and the terms for their duration (e.g., mortal, immortal, temporal).  The makeup of GOD may be spoken of as inseparable sacred substance such as faith, holiness, longsuffering, purity, righteousness, truth, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Correctly understood, knowledge about and from GOD comes only through continuing operations of sacred substance.  Included are forgiveness, Incarnation, judgment, miracles, rebirth, repentance, resurrection from the dead, and revelation.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, revelation and “knowing” GOD go beyond human mental operations of intellect, logic, philosophy, and science.  In the same way, all decisions on what would be created came forth as divine prerogative, what is revealed goes forth on the basis of divine intent.  Deity imparts aspects of divinity that permit covenant and continuing intimate relationship between the created and the Creator.  Included are comfort, divine law (the expressed will of GOD), meekness, might (we say, will power), personness, promise, eternal purpose, and zeal.  GOD must be an active presence within whom we exist, and who exists within us.  Thus, some have said, “you have to feel GOD in your gut”, others say “you have to sense that GOD is there the way you feel your way around in your room when the lights are out, and sense the location of the bed or chair.”  However, when speaking that way, they are relying upon the flesh, and they dismiss submitting to the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Consider again the holy writing that says:  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.  Hebrews 11:  3, King James Version (KJV) ).  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Democracy, dictatorships, caliphate, empire and the kingdom of GOD ruled by Christ are considered, today.  Because the model for divine government is not impersonal and legalistic, believers speak of GOD ruling as a father over his own family, as a king, as the leader within a single household, and as the head upon a body having various members and parts.   A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using “Rigal T” as his ID (Level 5 with 7,671 points, a member since September 04, 2008) posted the following attack:

 

Would you support a just and True Christian dictatorship?

Or does representative democracy matter more to you than your faith?

Let’s say it would mean the end of abortion and marriage equality, (or whatever else you don’t like), and that more people would truly convert to Christianity.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation:  and David said, Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.  Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:  for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.  Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.  But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.  For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers:  our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding.  (1st Chronicles 29:  10-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); Keeping Divine Law Impossible? (02/20/2015); Judge Thy Neighbor? (02/15/2015); Ruling With Christ? (02/12/2015); A Kingdom Now and One To Come? (09/05/2014); Comfort? (09/06/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014)

 

“Rigal T”, here are a few points Christian believers are encouraged to share with those who risk spiritual confusion by indulging their own carnal imagination and intellect:

(1.)  Dictatorships typically appear through an increasing use of techniques that generate instability for civil government and legislative rule.  Included are such factors as balkanization, blackmail, bribery, coercion, confiscation, deceit, demagoguery, discrimination, extortion, fraud, gerrymandering, hierarchy, incrimination, intimidation, militarization, nepotism (placing family members in positions of authority and trust), persecution, police riots, propaganda, racism, domestic spying, terror, threats, and mob violence.  Finally, the populace is held to be incapable of sound decision-making, too divided and weak to establish a clear majority that has an agenda to benefit and promote prosperity, and is in need of a “strongman” to manage and maintain unified action.

(2.)  The caliphate presently proposed among global terrorists seems to envision a state that copies ancient models of empire where culture, ethnicity, national borders, law and tradition all are overridden.  As a result, the character and nature of what such radicals propose already is seen as flawed for the modern world.  Insisting upon models appropriate to guerrilla warfare and revolutionary insurrection, the most prominent terrorist do not operate by the law of any sovereign nation or state.  The caliphate they are committed to has never existed and does not presently exist.  By contrast, the kingdom of GOD established through the living ministries of Jesus Christ has continued to develop and expand since well before the death of our savior upon the cross.  For believers now citizens of the spiritual kingdom upon the earth, this is a stage in multiple sacred operations (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, resurrection, sanctification) transforming mankind to exist as an eternal companion to divinity.

As always, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and properly apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The framework of unity within the kingdom of GOD derives from a oneness of Spirit, rather than shared political or social goals, philosophies, and traditions.  Where believers are born again, they receive a fresh endowment of the same spirit content that resided within Jesus Christ.  Inseparable aspects of Deity appear and become perfected as believers continue to meet life challenges upon the earth.  Included are faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, wisdom and wrath against sin.  By the permanent transformation that will occur at the Advent (we say, Second Coming) of Christ, all believers are to become immortal and incorruptible; and will be enabled to display the most necessary feature for living in respect to divine law (the expressed will of GOD) a new self-will fashioned after that of the full GODhead.)  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

More points are shared on delusion and genuine revelation as tools of divinity.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014)—(4.)  Commitment, conviction, faith and trust toward GOD are responses to hearing the Gospel, because the word of GOD that a hearer receives is divine substance from the full makeup of divinity.  Seeds for the various inseparable aspects of sacred being are added to the existing spirit makeup of the hearer.  Included are forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, love, meekness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While many forms of delusion are generated by exaggeration and unhealthy focus upon oneself (e.g., depression, despair, self-criticism, self-justification, self-promotion), there is no revelation from GOD to created beings and living creations that is produced by human self-awareness and self-will.  The divine process of revelation is intended as a benefit to all the living throughout the universe of GOD, and does not confuse, damage, distort, or pervert the existence of sentient beings.

(5.)  There is a prophecy in the Scriptures where GOD declares that delusion, fear and lies will be a divine tool used in judgment against idolatry, false worship, presumption, and pride (Isaiah 66:  4, KJV).  In addition, there are statements revealing divine intent, the mystery of iniquity, and events just before the coming of Jesus.  Assurances are given to the church, the Antichrist is described, and the wicked are sealed in eternal condemnation through delusion and believing lies (see 2nd Thessalonians 2:  1-15).  In other passages, delusion is described as blindness and madness, yet, is shown to be a tool for divine admonition, correction, destruction, punishment, and warning that serves to further the fulfillment of divine operations.  Consider also Deuteronomy 28:  28-29, Deuteronomy 29:  29, 2nd Kings 6:  18, Ecclesiastes 9:  3, Zechariah 12:  2-6, Luke 6:  1-11, John 9:  1-5 and 39-41, Romans 11:  24-26, Ephesians 4:  14-25 and 2nd Peter 2:  9-19, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:  for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014); Discernment (06/18/2014); Certainty by Faith or by Tradition? (06/19/2014); Night Cometh (06/11/2013); Personality? (04/27/2014); Anointed? (04/28/2014)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Christian believers understand that delusions may appear as fantasies regarding wealth and power.   It is often missed and overlooked that delusions also appear as claims of innocence and purity; avarice and covetousness; desire for grandeur; fantasies of closeness and intimacy within relationships marked by separation; presumption and unrealistic notions of personal power.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC