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A depiction of Simon the Prophet at the Temple in Jerusalem acknowledging Jesus as Messiah when Mary and Joseph presented the Lord at 8-days-old for circumcision in obedience to the covenant law.

 

Today, points are shared on the circumcision of infant boys as a sacred practice and sign of divine covenant relationship.  Circumcision continues as a device used by GOD that makes visible unseen divine operations to cleanse, heal, preserve and seal mankind by removing the overlay of inherited and individual sin upon the heart within the descendants of Adam.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “leveret” (Level 1 with 6 points, a member since June 07, 2014) posted the following:

 

Should kosher slaughter and circumcision of infant boys become illegal?

I think its wrong to kill animals without stunning them first. its cruel to make them feel physical pain.

also I think circumcision of children should become illegal. if someone wants to mutilate their genitals they can do so once they turn 18.

what do you guys think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.  Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.  For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.  For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.  (Galatians 5:  3-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Flesh, Then Beyond (05/23/2017); The Heir To Abraham (10/23/2016); In Relationship With Divinity? (08/16/2016); Ye Are Abraham’s Seed (07/10/2015); Suffering Circumcision? (06/08/2014); Three Covenants? (06/09/2014); Circumcision and Promise? (07/16/2013); The Bible and Stupid People (07/17/2013)

 

“leveret”, here are some points you many find useful on circumcision as a seal of covenant and a visible incarnation of divine presence:

1.  Sacred knowledge and practice (we say, sacraments) among Christian believers identify circumcision as a sacred event and a response to the revelation that divinity can and will communicate, exchange and interact with created beings and living creatures in continuous, personal relationships.

2.  Divinity engages mankind using covenant relationships that are grounded in faith, hope, divine proclamation, promise, and prophecy.

3.  While GOD is a spirit (who has appeared on the earth using human form as Jesus Christ), divinity is no mere abstraction, explanatory principle, figment of imagination, or hypothetical construct.  GOD indwells the living as life essence (we also say, breath, spirit, Word).  Inseparable aspects of the divine makeup may be imparted to mankind on the earth such as faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, meekness, righteousness, wisdom and wrath against sin.

4.  To exist without mortality and continue as a companion to immortal, incorruptible GOD, mankind must undergo permanent change and transformations carried out by the Spirit of GOD (we also say, the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth).  The primary focus and process for consciousness and self-will within mankind are no longer to be determined by aspects of the flesh (e.g., appetite, sensation, emotion/mind), and features of the sphere of life such as time and space.

5.  Saying this another way, using language from the Bible:

    a.  Romans 4:  8-12, King James Version (KJV):  8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  9 Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness.  10 How was it then reckoned? when he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.  11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised:  that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:  12 And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised.

    b.  Romans 2:  25-29, KJV:  25 For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law:  but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.  26 Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?  27 And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?  28 For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:  29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

    c.  Isaiah 63:  15-17, KJV:  15 Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory:  where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?
16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not:  thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.  17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

    d.  Colossians 2:  8-12, 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.  10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:  12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

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, the development of born again believers is compared to growth and life process seen with infants and small babies.  The hidden and unseen power revealed in Jesus dying upon the cross pertains to rebirth, and the living being made a new creation.  Every Christian believer must journey from error and ignorance of spiritual things to acceptance and mature understanding.  The followers of Jesus Christ all must learn and become perfected by the workings of GOD.  In addition to divine law that exposes and identifies sin, life experiences and spiritual gifts are provided that establish resonance with the divine will, resistance to and wrath against sin.  Through the cross, believers are joined to Christ in oneness, bereavement, sacrifice, substitution, surrender, and vicarious death.  In the operations of the living, strong emotion is believed necessary to control and manipulate behavior.  Thus, anger, fear, depression and despair repeatedly are used to bring about predictable responses.  In the operations of divinity, boundaries, discovery, love, and godly sorrow serve to establish spiritual appetite, consciousness of eternity, the sense of future and possibility as well as enduring conviction.  As the remission of sin requires blood, the salvation of GOD through Jesus Christ requires sorrow for sin.  Consider again the Scriptures and the presentation below:

John 3:  6-7, King James Version (KJV):  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.

Ephesians 5:  1-5, KJV:  1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;  2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.  3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;  4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient:  but rather giving of thanks.  5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Matthew 18:  2-4, KJV:  2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,  3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Ephesians 1:  3-7, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Romans 8:  24-27, KJV:  24 For we are saved by hope:  but hope that is seen is not hope:  for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.  26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:  for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:  but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using “cindy” as her ID (Level 3 with 1,991 points, a member since January 05, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why is the Christian symbol a cross, why not a lamb or a dove or a shepherds staff? Isn t a cross a bit morbid?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:  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:  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;  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:  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.  (Ephesians 4:  10-16, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Represented by The Cross? (03/08/2016); The Cross Must Occur? (02/23/2016); Offspring of GOD? (12/23/2015); Inheriting the Kingdom (06/27/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); Genuine Repentance? (03/24/2014); When Is A Law The LAW? (03/25/2014); Spirit Gives Birth to Spirit (01/22/2014); Will Truth Destroy Joy? (11/10/2014); No Sorrow in Heaven? (11/11/2014); We Shall Behold Him (10/17/2013); Angels, Law and Sin (10/18/2013)

 

“cindy”, trust that, despite time and space, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing to here and now.  Created beings and living creatures are very much like infants and small babies before divinity.  While they have organic and visceral reactions to hunger, thirst, or discomfort from the acid in their diapers, they cannot express themselves clearly and simply to answer their own needs by fitting actions and words together using finite tools of intellect, logic, and reason as do adults.  Similarly, humans (even when in adult stages of development) can not correctly comprehend and recognize their needs for permanent change in their spirit content from the makeup of divinity, guidance through divine law and sacred knowledge, fellowship and emotional support within a community of faith (that may include family) as well as consciousness of eternal purposes that establish meaningful goals, hope (we say, specific expectations) and sacred vision.  Healthy babies all must go through a “crying phase” for getting attention and response.  As children develop, they increasingly engage, exchange and interact with their environment, other people, and themselves as having their own measure of mind, person, and presence.  Development of Christian believers may be described as somewhat the same:  there must be “a crying phase” where godly sorrow brings forth repentance, commitment, and unselfish love.  For those “born again,” challenges, growing pains, and suffering must appear within the operations and continuing patterns that are the inner frameworks a believer uses to organize life experience.  Reactions that emerge from emotions, feelings, and intellect must be understood as surface, that is, merely at the level of deep feeling and the psyche (structure of mind and personality).  Believers are prepared and made ripe to be harvested from the earth at the coming of Jesus.  To exist as immortal and incorrupt companions to divinity, their present character, nature, and substance must be made like that of Christ.  Consider how this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 1:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:  not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.  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.)  2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, KJV:  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:  but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

(3.)  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.

(4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  Acts 20:  32, KJV:  32 And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.)  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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Scriptures are shared, today, responding to a question on whether babies and small children will be taken up at the Rapture.  While children can be very important as life companions who minister, call forth, and challenge adults and their peers to openly display such human resources as creativity, love, patience, respect, strength, tenderness, and wisdom that otherwise would remain hidden and unseen, children often disrupt and upset believers in their service and stewardship to Christ.  Children may make great demands upon ones energy and time, because they are easily bruised, in poverty (i.e., without income, inheritance or savings), infirm, sickly, and weak.  Additionally, children often inspire vain hopes (i.e., expectations grounded in emotion, fantasy and imagination that are not enduring, and that are contrary to divine law, sacred promise, prophecy, and eternal purpose).  All believers should  employ balance, caution, consistency and thoroughness when dealing with small children.  Divinity may be understood as embracing infants and minor children in the same way earthly parents receive them—as vessels for self-expression and fulfillment, and as a peculiar manifesting of godly possibilities.  Upon the earth, children are resilient and able to thrive through unqualified acceptance, prior commitments, and the stability provided by specific non-negotiable, life conditions.  Because children also inherit the condition of sin in the earth, they too need the divine provisions of grace from GOD through Jesus Christ.  Included are atoning blood, fellowship with mature believers, forbearance, forgiveness, hope, joy, sacred discipline and training, sanctification, sealing, and status with Christ as joint-heirs.  Estella Precious Oyene, who participates with me in THE BIBLE STUDY GROUP (a Public Group on Facebook presently having 19,307 members), posted the following there on August 24 at 8:22am:

 

Will babies and young children be taken at rapture?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:  and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air:  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1st Thessalonians 4:  13-18, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Justifying GOD? (03/15/2015); Understanding Spiritual Growth? (03/13/2015); Babies Given A Second Life?  (01/25/2015); About “The Just” (10/29/2014); Antidotes to the Poisons  (10/30/2014); Family and Beliefs of Children? (08/29/2014); Stories Repeated in the Bible? (08/30/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014)

 

Estella Precious Oyene, be encouraged!  As with their parents, salvation for a child is by sacred operations of GOD, not by their own efforts or that of their caretakers.  Through Christ, salvation comes as a lawful inheritance, and is not a product of human innocence and simplicity.  In the holy writings, Jesus Christ and his apostles often speak to adults calling them “little children” to acknowledge their absolute dependence upon GOD for rebirth, their new standing as blameless, their vulnerability, and their shared needs for  fullness, maturity, and stability.  As adults who are developing to be Christian believers, we often dismiss and overlook the many sensitive issues surrounding the salvation of our smallest children that are raised by those outside of the body.  In addition to concerns that on the surface are practical and reasonable about how much sacred knowledge a child must possess to understand the things of religion, there are questions on how a minor child may correctly exercise their own self-will to choose or deny being in relationship with Christ.  Some, who are bitter and resentful even accuse GOD charging that salvation is coerced, forced and violently thrust upon children (they repeatedly say, brain-washing) because the little ones are young, and unsuspecting.  In the spirit of the Adversary, the Devil, some cry that there is great cruelty and injustice on the part of GOD, for divine judgment and Christ harvesting believers from the earth may condemn a mother, and separate her from her nursing child!  Be not deceived.  It is ones spirit content from the makeup of divinity that certifies them as belonging to Christ not their age, hair color, intellect, size, weight, or other individual characteristics.  Consider again the following points that come to us through the Holy Bible:

(1.)  Psalms 127:  3, King James Version (KJV):  3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD:  and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

(2.)  Psalms 131:  1-2, KJV:  1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty:  neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.  2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother:  my soul is even as a weaned child.

(3.)  1st Corinthians 7:  10-15, KJV:  10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband:  11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband:  and let not the husband put away his wife.  12 But to the rest speak I, not the Lord:  If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away.  13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him.  14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband:  else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.  15 But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases:  but God hath called us to peace.

(4.)  Matthew 19:  13-15, KJV:  13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.  14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me:  for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

(5.)  Romans 8:  5-10, 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.  10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

(6.)  Romans 8:  13-19, KJV:  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die:  but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

There is much more that could be said, and that must be correctly understood and spiritually taken into account.  (For example,  (7.)  Numbers 14:  30-32, KJV:  30 Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun.  31 But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.  32 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness.)  Even so, I trust this collection of verses will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Pride, self-esteem, and sin are topics, today.  Also there are more points on how Christians can believe.  The “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using ID “Violation Nation!!” (Level 3 with 2,065 points, a member since February 02, 2014) posted the following:

 

Is pride a sin? 

I know God said it was but I’m pretty sure He doesn’t know what He’s talking about.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  How Can Christians Believe? (08/11/2014)—(4.)  Even in small children, common sense and the inarguable facts of ones own abilities being finite and limited are frameworks along with faith as the foundation for belief in GOD.  Bible accounts such as those of Creation, the Flood, and the covenant of Abraham may only accentuate, clarify, crystallize, and further verify the fundamental truths already in place as inborn consciousness.  The Bible is intended to display and reveal divine actions and operations among created beings and living creatures.  Thus, belief in what is written appears as obedience, respect, righteousness, and self-expression to maintain ones own integrity of being and person.  Asking questions to belittle, challenge, insult, or embarrass others can be taken as acting with malice, rebellion, and “showing off.”  The duty, privilege, and responsibility for Christian believers of all ages is that we give, minister and unselfishly share with others the sacred knowledge and divine content we each have been granted from GOD.  A person whose idea of “helping out” is to discourage belief, hinder confidence in the Bible, and oppose the spiritual growth of others will be held accountable by GOD.

(5.)  Because many in the church long for and insist upon believing they may have a carnal experience of GOD (where they see, hear, physically touch, or are touched by the Almighty), every meeting and assembly will include those who are confused, disappointed and frustrated.  Such persons may disguise their anger, bitterness, and malice against GOD and the church, yet, can be recognized when they begin asking questions about sacred events (we say, miracles) to demand carnal and material details that have not been provided in the Bible.  Their focus is not upon GOD as he appears in divine law, acts of power, and eternal purpose so much as upon the will of mankind and the spheres for life such as heaven and earth.  Beliefs do not determine a person’s spirit content.  Our spirit content comes to us directly from GOD; and our Spirit determines what we express and preserve as our sacred belief.

(6.)  Even unborn children are endowed with spirit content from the makeup of GOD; and there were infants among those who stood at Sinai with Moses, who also heard the voice of GOD declaring the covenant and law for mankind.  Ones spiritual content and power can not be increased through intellectual operations such as argument and debate.  Thus, infants and the smallest children who are members and part of the full church body (some call them the “cradle roll”) are supplied to recognize those things that harmonize with their inner sense of GOD.  Sacred instruction introduces information otherwise hidden and unavailable that must be immediately internalized through the “force of truth.”  The process for church instruction, then, at every level and throughout the entire community of believers is never one simply to persuade or convince, to influence a person’s psychological makeup and intellectual understanding, or to manipulate emotion and feelings.  See again 1st Samuel 1:  20-28, Psalms 8:  1-2, Psalms 131:  1-3, Mark 9:  41-43, Mark 10:  13-16, Romans 3:  3 and Hebrews 11:  6-7, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man:  I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?  Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?  Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.  Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath:  and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.  Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.  Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret.  Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.  (Job 40:  6-14, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Responsible for Sin? (05/30/2014); Choosing a Church? (05/31/2014); Salvation is Conditional? (01/30/2014); Lower-case or Capital? (01/31/2014); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); The Adversary? (12/05/2012)

 

“Violation Nation!!”, here are a few points from Christian belief that may be familiar to you that are intended to combat corruption, spiritual confusion, ignorance, and pride:

(1.)  Expressions of pride are not the same as those correctly recognizing ones own value (we say, self esteem, self regard, self appreciation).  Pride is an assignment of value that is partly distorted and exaggerated by ones inability to discern and properly acknowledge content and substance in the living that are not material, physical, and social (i.e., that are spirit such as faith, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, wrath against sin).  Therefore, pride is no less than false and unauthorized judgment of events, objects and persons under the hand of divinity.

(2.)  All sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the word (we say, breath, spirit, utterance) from Almighty GOD, and the divine order that maintains what we understand as Creation and the universe.  In pride, finite beings (men or angels) indulge self-justification and self-promotion that foster separation from GOD and, in fact, are self-destruction.

(3.)  Pride appears as a simple act of comparing (identifying sameness) and contrasting (identifying difference) oneself to others.  At the same time a person places great value upon their own abilities, contributions, ideas and skills they fail and refuse to place correct value upon the abilities and contributions of others.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Pride is an artifact of self awareness.  Sin dominates created beings and living creatures through their awareness and self-will.  Behavior and conduct may be described as “sinful”; however, sin has not been “created by GOD”, and sin is no “thing” having measurable dimensions and form.  Sin  has direction, effect, and “presence”; and sin—like pride—can not be eliminated apart from GOD through human tools such as algebra, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Salvation for those possessing wealth is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on denominations, and points to consider before getting baptized.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers Philippines” using the ID “Clara” (Level 1 with 10 points, a member since August 4, 2011) posted the following originally asked at Yahoo Answers United States:

 

Does being wealthy prevent you from having a relationship with god?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Before Getting Baptized? (11/28/2013)—  (5.)  The person who voluntarily approaches Jesus Christ for baptism through the church established in the earth should first acknowledge their human need for salvation, and that their submission to GOD through baptism is only a beginning for a new relationship with the Divine Creator that can not be fully realized except through an eternal life.  With this in view, confession of ones emotional, material, psychological and spiritual need should be in place before baptism as well as ones rejection of sin displayed through their own wicked behavior and conduct.  Thus, for example, a believer should grasp that repentance (turning to GOD at the same time one turns away from sin) may be gradual, and will continue over time only by multiple operations of the Holy Spirit.  Upon arriving at the age of accountability (it varies among denominations from ages 8-18), and following their instruction and upbringing within the church, those also who came to Christ through parental decisions for infant and child baptism, must make an independent and public choice for Christ.  (6.)  Denominations vary on the basis of doctrine and teachings, how they trace their origins to Christ, and their hierarchy and structure for overall administration and conduct of day to day affairs as an institution.  Thus, for example, Catholic and Episcopal believers are encouraged that many of their observances have come through an unbroken line of bishops that extends to the eleven apostles who actually lived and walked with Jesus; while Apostolic and Pentecostal believers trace their observances to widespread “awakenings” and spiritual revivals whereby modern-day believers received outpourings of the Holy Ghost like that of the early church on the day of Pentecost.  The new believer’s need for continuing encouragement and support can be very great, for all who follow Christ will encounter opposition by family, friends, and those of the world that can be devastating to ones developing faith.  Even so, their relationship to GOD must be the primary focus; and there must be trust that Christ will lead to GOD despite any human errors, failings, unanswered questions, ungodly obstacles, sin, or weakness.  GOD will be present to guide, correct, heal, and continually oversee ones acquisition of permanent change (we say, perfection).  (7.)  The disciples and followers of Jesus are to be an incarnation of Christ, and vessels containing divinity.  With this in view, death of the believer and receipt of new life through their baptism is experienced as a continuing truth recorded in the books of heaven, and not just a one-time social event that may be annulled through neglect, canceled, dismissed, and forgotten.  Like the Apostle Paul, believers should operate with an awareness that, through prayer and unselfish service, they are to “die daily” to sin, and are to be raised again to GOD and Christ.  See Galatians 2:  20, 1st Corinthians 1:  9-18, Romans 6:  1-23 and  1st Corinthians 15:  1-58, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Lift not up your horn on high:  speak not with a stiff neck.  For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.  But God is the judge:  he putteth down one, and setteth up another.  (Psalms 75:  5-7, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); Family and Romance (10/13/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Hero or Zero? (12/04/2012); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

 

“Clara”, here are some points for consideration that have been useful to clarify various Bible teachings among Christian believers:

(1.)  Great wealth often triggers destruction of the spirit content from GOD that should reside in all living persons.  Corruption and decay of the divine endowment that had been established in the Creation of Adam has continued in humankind since the time of Adam’s transgression.  The rotting and wasting away of sacred content for all created beings and living creatures is accelerated within each individual who turns away from GOD under the influence of material objects and social pressures.

(2.)  The rich experience demands for consistency, distinction, duty, industry, regularity, predictability, and responsibility that often skewer a person’s self-awareness leading to arrogance, haughtiness, idolatry, and pride.  Additionally, great wealth can foster apathy, covetousness, decadence, cupidity, ennui, idleness, materialism, nonconformity, pleasure-seeking, squandering and waste.

(3.)  While many aspects of relationship to GOD are not dependent on choice and will among created beings and living creatures (e.g., Creation, judgment, salvation, sanctification), believers and disciples of Jesus Christ are those who willingly make a commitment to display the operation of GOD upon and through their being.  Just as the poor are always with us, and they are used by GOD to give warning, to stir compassion, and to demonstrate longsuffering; the wealthy serve in examples that make visible divine approval, pleasure, displeasure, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  For example, (4.)  It is not a sin to be wealthy; however, it is a sin to “forget GOD,” or deny that GOD is the source of ones blessing and prosperity.  Divine judgment is impartial, and there is no bias against those who are affluent.  Believers are not to condemn the wealthy, or continually rant against them with bitterness, censure, envy, negative criticism, and resentment.  Instead, it is the duty of those in Christ to display compassion, humility, and to pray for the continued success of the wealthy whereby many are being quietly benefited in unseen ways.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Surely The Light of the World will soon shine forth.  Happy Hanukkah to all. 

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

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