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By Grace Cross

 

Today, the reply is on the unimportance of “being a majority of humanity” to the sacred operations of divine judgment and salvation through Jesus Christ.  Christian belief is not on the basis of popular opinions, or practices that are in fashion as customs, traditions, and trends.  The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum who uses the ID “STEVAN THE HEATHEN” (Level 1 with 34 points, a member since August 10, 2017) posted the following:

 

The majority of humanity do not believe in a christian god. Is the majority wrong?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:  and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious:  but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient:  whereunto also they were appointed.  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God:  which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.  (1st Peter 2:  6-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Being A Holy Nation (02/20/2018); Mankind’s Priesthood in Heaven (02/16/2018); Standards For Godly Behavior (02/01/2018); Without the Divine Image? (10/15/2017); All Have Come Short (10/11/2017); Did Jesus Want Popularity? (06/11/2015); The Needs of the Many? (03/08/2015); What GOD Demands (05/10/2014); The Body of Moses (05/11/2014)

 

STEVAN THE HEATHEN,” while the demonstration by Moses and those who left Egypt says that faith is required for deliverance and the salvation of GOD, coming into divine blessing is not a matter of a “head count,” and how many people are involved.  (Only 2 from the army of more than ½ million actually set foot on their portion of the Promised Land; neither Aaron nor Moses was one of them).  Here are some points and selected verses from the Bible to consider regarding the new creation that is being established by divinity through Jesus Christ:

1.  The process of judgment is a fixed, non-negotiable aspect of divine existence whereby created beings and living creatures will be assessed and examined in terms of their character; effect; preparation, readiness, and willingness to be perfected; and their fullness of substance required for existing eternally as a companion and joint-heir with Christ.

2.  The demands and righteous standards of divine judgment and sacred relationship discourage lawlessness and slackness.  Given that Adam (the male) was created to exist as a companion to immortal, incorruptible divinity, it was not until mankind (the pair) required permanent change to recover from transgression of divine law that Adam became mortal (subject to death), would multiply and reproduce as the animals, and would have to thrive under the dominion of forces and influences that were not divine. 

3.  The integrity of GOD (we say, majesty, glory, righteousness) requires that every utterance by divinity of proclamation, promise, and prophecy be properly executed and fulfilled.  Included are the sanctions and warnings within sacred law that describe punishments and rewards.  

4.  Satisfaction of eternal purpose and sacred process may be accomplished through operations by divinity on behalf of mankind (we say, grace), and often will not require direct action and participation by a crowd, a multitude, or all living.  There may be delay, expiation, forgiveness, hierarchy, joining for oneness without sameness, mercy, representative sacrifice, substitution, the use of emblems, and use of a part to represent the whole.  It is written:

(1.)  Judges 7:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod:  so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.  2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.  3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

(2.)  Matthew 7: 21-23, KJV:  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:  depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(3.)  Luke 13:  22-24, KJV:  22 And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.  23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,  24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate:  for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 

(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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 3:  18-22, KJV:  18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:  19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;  20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:  22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Divine demands upon mankind are the topic, today.  Also, there is more on sharing a “good” verse when ministering, or sharing personal support with others.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer with the ID “fred” (Level 2 with 850 points, a member since December 06, 2013) posted the following:

 

Why would an all powerful God demand anything off humans? It’s not like he seeks our support to stay in office.? 

However, priests on the other hand do rely on people believing what they say is true. This gives them enormous influence, control and power.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  A “Good” Verse? (05/09/2014)—(6.)  It is not simply that Christian believers are not to meddle in the lives of others through gossip, selfishness, slander, and unwise words as does the Adversary, the Devil.  Believers are not to meddle in the work of GOD for cleansing, healing and salvation whereby all Creation and the entire universe are regenerated, and mankind is transformed to be immortal and incorruptible.  At first, many abuse their freedom and privilege in the Lord.  Using the Scriptures for self-expression, for self-justification, and for self-promotion are akin to apostasy, appropriating the name of GOD (i.e., identity theft), buying and selling freely given divine gifts (we say, making merchandise of the word of GOD), false doctrine, heresy, presumption, usurpation, and idol worship.  Verses among the holy writings may be thought of like bricks in the wall of a house.  You can not randomly (or safely) take one brick out, and put it into the wall of another house.  Should a single brick be removed (from the middle, the side, or the top), balance and the equal distribution of pressure is destroyed, the entire structure becomes unstable, and the breach may eventually result in collapse for both houses.  When we attempt to apply and use the Scriptures by selecting and taking verses out of context, we “wrest” (some say, wrestle with, or simply, force) unintended meaning and purpose upon the word from GOD.  By practice, prayer and continuous study of the Scriptures, believers are to gain spiritual discernment, and the ability to “rightly divide” and correctly apply Scriptures in the sacred work of clarifying, and spreading the doctrine and teachings from Jesus Christ. 

(7.)  While it is true that Jesus was able to heal many without always using physical contact and touch, there still had to be a peculiar level of agreement, connection, and shared spirit substance for healing to occur.  When Jesus would speak a word of acknowledgment, assent, or command, multiple operations of the Spirit would go forward coordinating the many permanent changes to body, mind and spirit that were required.  Others were healed through the apostles after the ascension of Jesus using aprons, handkerchiefs, and even their shadow falling upon the sick.  The followers of Jesus have been conclusively shown that wounds, sickness, and sorrow are temporal things; and can be dismissed as we focus through things eternal.  It is not enough to heal the surface, the symptoms, and outward display of disease and sickness.  The problems must be completely and correctly addressed at their root.  Just as no one can lie their way into heaven, yet, everyone can lie their way out, no one may achieve healing by deceit, lies, presumption, treachery, and unbelief.  Consider Deuteronomy 29:  9-20, Psalms 56:  1-13, Colossians 2:  6-8, Matthew 3:  10, Matthew 7:  21-27, Mark 11:  12-26, John 10:  33-35, Acts 5:  14-16, Acts 19:  11-12, Ephesians 6:  11-13, 1st Peter 2:  15-16, 2nd Peter 3:  13-18 and 2nd Timothy 2:  15-16, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.  (Ephesians 3:  8-12, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:   Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); GOD Enjoys Judgment? (12/19/2013); Miracles are Sacred Events (12/20/2013); A Need to Fear? (12/02/2012); On Seeing Jesus Serve the Poor (12/03/2012); Mockers in the Last Days (11/14/2012); Thoughts Upon A Warrior’s Fall (11/15/2012)

 

“fred”, the answer you need is not simple, and requires another level of awareness and understanding.  Here are some points that may help you recognize the truth as seen by a Christian believer:

(1.)  GOD “demands” from created beings and living creatures only in the sense that there are conditions for their continued existence, their cleansing and nourishment, their exchange and interaction within relationships to divinity, and their perfection and prosperity upon the earth.  In the same way the rain makes no demand that everyone carry umbrellas, nor does it demand that everyone stand and get wet, GOD does not demand that all continue as his eternal companions.  Many will be marked for discharge and release from the various spheres for existence and life (e.g., earth, heaven, the world). 

(2.)  You are correct in saying that GOD is not a celebrity or a politician who requires the continuing support of others.  GOD is a spirit whose makeup is entirely from aspects of life essence such as faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, person, presence, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  In their maturity and perfection, clergymen and priests are not seeking to possess authority, control,  influence, and power.  Rather, they seek to acknowledge that all power resides in divinity, and then strive to assist others in coming to that awareness.  In the same way, our mothers are not demanding Mothers Day gifts—and I did not demand that anyone read this statement, and offered it without charge or fee—the process of GOD through all Christian believers is one of sharing sacred knowledge and truth along with prophecy (i.e., comfort, edification (building up), and exhortation (urging others to take positive action).  )  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.  (1st Corinthians 14:  33, KJV)

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