Posts Tagged ‘interpretations’

Today, points are shared responding to a question on explaining and apologizing for things written in the Bible.  While the holy writings provide information that is important for shared communication and exchange among Christian believers, intimate relationship with divinity as children of GOD, disciples of Jesus Christ, or trusted servants only begins and continues through faith.  We are not saved by expressions from our mind or self-will, even such deliberate “works” as believing, dialog, memorizing verses, and study.  Faith is an aspect of the full divine makeup, and is inseparable from other spirit substance such as awe, holiness, longsuffering, love, peace, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Just as the Spirit imparted from GOD to a believer is intended for their growth, maturity, and sanctification, rather than to equip them for perpetual battle and conflict, the Bible has been provided as an unchanging source for guidance and instruction, and is not provided for repeated argument, debate, and quarrels generated by education, or logic and reason.  Consider the following from the Scriptures, and the further responses below:  1st John 5:  5-7, King James Version (KJV):  5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.  7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost:  and these three are one.  Also, Galatians 3:  22-27, KJV:  22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.  23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.  24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.  25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.  26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  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.  2nd Timothy 3:  16-17, KJV:  16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Henry” (Level 2 with 254 points, a member since November 26, 2015) posted the following:

 

Not sure if I’m interpreting the bible, or just making excuses for it?

My parents raised me to be an apologist and I can name dozens of dark verses. These verses include God stoning someone for picking up sticks on a Sunday, Lot sending his virgin daughters to be gang raped, and Jeptha sacrificing his daughter because he promised to. However, my parents always told me to come up with some kind of explanation for it. Is this morally possible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:  That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  (Ephesians 2:  1-9, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A GOD of Judgment (12/01/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015);  Justified for Attacking The Bible? (06/28/2015); The Words Are Spirit? (06/03/2015); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014); Not Told in Advance? (10/11/2014); The Point of Experiences in the Spirit? (07/07/2014)

 

“Henry”, the holy writings provide a divine point of view for examining life experience among created beings and living creatures, and displays divinity using thousands of lives and thousands of events over the course of thousands of years.  While the sacred record includes some accounts that have been used as secular history, through Jesus Christ the Scriptures are recognized as revealing divine operations, sacred practices, and eternal purposes.  Most Christian believers begin their new life in Christ having little correct sacred knowledge regarding prophecy, rebirth, sanctification, and spirit (we also say, breath, life essence, word).  Their focus is often their own immediate condition and continuing experience as carnal, finite, material, and social.  Believers are to embrace permanent changes on multiple levels that are to be in agreement with unseen aspects of the universe.  The believer must put aside the finite tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  They must take up tools for recognizing and applying the authority and power of their own endowment of spirit from GOD.  Thus, through the operations of divinity, water baptism establishes the death and burial of ones inborn spirit.  Trusting GOD, the believer is born again from divine DNA, so to speak, and must “grow up again.”  The believer is to be a vessel for inseparable spirit matter from the makeup of Deity.  Included are awe (some say, fear of the Lord, reverence), faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The mature disciples of Jesus Christ are forward-looking for they operate focused upon praises, proclamations, promises, purpose, testimonies, and visions that express sacred law, and divine will.  Those born again will encounter “growing pains,” and must mature upon the earth becoming perfected for eternal life in terms of balance, completeness, and stability.  Consider again the following verses from the Bible:

(1.)  John 3:  6-8, 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.  8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth:  so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

(2.)  John 5:  24-29, KJV:  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God:  and they that hear shall live.  26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;  27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.  28 Marvel not at this:  for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

(3.)  2nd Peter 1:  19-21, KJV:  19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:  20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.  21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:  but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

There are many other verses here that should be carefully considered, correctly understood, and brought to bear against error.  (For example, (4.)  John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

 

New Disclaimer

 

Points are shared, today, on dreams, faith, incarnation, and salvation.  Much of the experience in sleep that occurs within the mind of mankind is the result of busy-ness and conflict among desires, expectations, feelings and thoughts.  Experiences that connect the mind of man to the mind of Deity may be received correctly as divine guidance or prophecy as well as revelation.  Just as faith that establishes divine truth may result in miracles (we say, sacred events), dreams may result in genuine sacred knowledge.  Even so, in the same way miracles do not always result in faith, and instead may foster doubt, fear and spiritual confusion, dreams are only effective as a divine tool where there is faith and other inseparable aspects of divine person (we say, the imparted spirit of Christ).  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Mary vianney” (Level 1 with 95 points, a member since May 3, 2015) posted the following thrust:

 

What if god appear in your dreams?

He prove to you that he can really rise the dead

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?  Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;  But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;  As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter:  and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.  But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.  (Daniel 2:  26-30, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Nightmares From GOD? (03/11/2015); Divinely Sent Dreams? (02/26/2015); Prayer, Dreams and Messages? (01/27/2015); Ghosts (09/02/2012); About Conversion (09/03/2012)

 

“Mary vianney”, here are a few points often shared among Christian believers about dreams and how GOD appears to mankind:

(1.)  Because they can be very vivid and seem to be real,  dreams that result from operations of a person’s appetite, emotions, senses, and thoughts may have great power and be easily confused with sacred events (e.g., answers to prayer, miracles, relief, rest, trances, visions) that result by operations of spirit matter (e.g., faith, holiness, longsuffering, love, truth, wrath against sin). 

(2.)  GOD has been continually making known (we say, revealing) the active presence, character, nature, and process of divinity to created beings and living creatures using a broad range of sacred tools.  Included are abundance, birth, death, covenant, family, inheritance, judgment, law, nation, rebirth, and sacrifice.  GOD who is a spirit, and must be worshiped in spirit and truth, is understood as repeatedly using three aspects of being (we say, person); and has even appeared upon the earth using the form of flesh and blood (we say, incarnation) in the person of Jesus Christ.

(3.)  Because dreams sent by GOD often introduce and use images that are strange, symbolic, suggestive and unfamiliar, godly dreams also require godly explanation and interpretation.  Saying this another way:  Divine dreams will be in agreement with fixed sacred standards such as previous commandments and divine proclamations, the promises of GOD, prophecy, and eternal purpose.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  Sin influences the living in heaven and upon earth by dominating individual awareness and self-will.  Yet, sin has not been created by GOD, and contains no spirit material.  Sin can not be destroyed or eliminated like intellectual, material or social things; thus, the divine operations for salvation provide divine tools to limit, recognize and resist sin.  More than feelings, logic, mind, reason and science, opposing sin requires a union of flesh and spirit that only may occur through the ministry of GOD in Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, Scriptures are shared to clarify the difference between discernment and prophetic dreams as opposed to nightmares with occult or psychiatric interpretation of dreams.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Criss” (Level 1 with 93 points, a member since February 26, 2015) appeared to be entangled with the following:

 

Spiritual Dream/Warfare?

This is a question for those who believe in spiritual warfare etc. I’m Non-Denominational. Anyways to begin my story.. I get spiritual dreams.. where I can actually see/sense things that shouldn’t be there.. usually I can get through it and sleep through the night..

However tonight was different.

I had a dream and I could sense something at my doorway (I could see it shifting around in my dream too)) and I guess it spooked me so much that I woke up.

I woke up at 2:00 am, its’s now 3:00.. I don’t sense it anymore that much.. I’ve had Elijah Streams playing for the past hour.

Has anyone else experienced this? What do you do to deal with it? Thanks.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.  If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.  But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.  Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.  If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.  For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.  And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.  For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  (1st Corinthians 14:  26-33, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Prayer, Dreams and Messages? (01/27/2015); A Visit from an Angel? (10/20/2013); The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013)

 

“Criss”, prophetic dreams and visions sent from GOD all provide guidance and instruction.  Believers in Jesus Christ examine and decide upon the meaning of their dreams by applying the lessons and principles recorded in Scripture such as the following from the King James Version of the Bible:

(1.)   Acts 2:  16-18 (KJV):  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:

(2.)  Jeremiah 23:  28 (KJV):   The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD.

(3.)  Jeremiah 23:  32 (KJV):  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them:  therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

(4.)  1st Corinthians 14:  1-3 (KJV):  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.  2 For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God:  for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.  3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Of course, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Ecclesiastes 5:  2-3 (KJV):  2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God:  for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth:  therefore let thy words be few.  For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of words.)  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