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Today, idols, the cross, and worship among Christian believers are considered.  For Christian believers, glory, praise and worship are directed to divinity, only.  In the same way praising, uplifting, and bowing before material objects as though they contain, or themselves are sacred persons would be acts of idol worship, giving exclusive emotional, psychological and spiritual attention to, or continually expressing anger, bitterness, disbelief, and hostility by quarreling and reacting to emblems, tokens, and symbols (we say, making something out of nothing) all are expressions of idolatry and spiritual confusion.  One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shown) posted the following:

 

Are Jehovah’s witnesses right for not using the CROSS IN WORSHIP? Pls, support answers with the Bible, is the CROSS truly biblical?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thy name, O LORD, endureth for ever; and thy memorial, O LORD, throughout all generations.  For the LORD will judge his people, and he will repent himself concerning his servants.  The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not;  They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths.  They that make them are like unto them:  so is every one that trusteth in them.  (Psalms 135:  13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Relying on Sacred “Evidence” (11/20/2017); All Divinity in ONE? (11/17/2017); Divinity Appears Using Form (07/26/2017); Redemption Through Ordinary Flesh? (04/20/2017); Resurrected With The Lord (04/16/2017); A Matter of Conscience (04/07/2017); The Title of “Savior” (01/27/2017); Believing In The Cross? (03/04/2016); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012); Vows and Covenants? (12/17/2012)

 

“Anonymous”, trusting you and others will receive a spiritual benefit, many of us who are not versed in the doctrines, teachings and policies among believers who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, seek no debate or quarrel, and, as mature followers of Christ, are not willing to pursue a path of criticism or condemnation against any (Buddhist, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, etc.).  Even so, “born again” believers are willing to proclaim the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, his dying as an embodiment of sin, and the Savior’s resurrection, declaring our own faith in response to your question on worship and the cross.  That GOD imparts divine Spirit to indwell created beings and living creatures is no violation of sacred law and process; and no cross, man-made idol, image, or other device is to be honored as a vessel containing divine person and spirit content.  The operations of carnal reason, secular knowledge, and the domination of awareness and self-will by the operations of sin are to be opposed using multiple memorials and “reminders” that will continue uninterrupted consciousness of the active presence who is GOD.  Included are church buildings, hymns, other believers, parables, prayers, preaching, prophecies, and songs.  Consider the following that uses the language of the Bible, and therefore, may appear as familiar:

(1.)  Deuteronomy 31:  16-22, King James Version (KJV):  16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.  17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall befall them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us, because our God is not among us?  18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.  19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel:  put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.  20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.  21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed:  for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.  22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

(2.)  John 4:  23-24, KJV:  23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:  for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  24 God is a Spirit:  and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

(3.)  2nd Peter 1:  13-21, KJV:  13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;  14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.  15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.  16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.  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.

(4.)  2nd Corinthians 4:  3-7, KJV:  3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.  6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-31, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.  30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:  31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.)  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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The Armor of God

 

Focus, today, is on Christian use of Internet tools that block, delete, and refuse to acknowledge  comments posted by atheists, critics, disbelievers, and scorners.  While believers are to be forbearing, forgiving, respectful and supportive of those making inquiry into the things of life from GOD through Jesus Christ, believers are not correct to encourage the continuation of abuse, blasphemy, deceit, discord, “doubtful disputation,” slander, and spiritual confusion.  It is an error to think that responding to mocking and unbelief are some form of sacrifice for the Lord, for we are instructed by Hosea 6:  6, King James Version, KJV):  For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.  We are to put on the whole armor of GOD as our defense in meeting thrusts from those who are antichrists by their commitments, conduct, desires, doctrine, knowledge, lusts, purposes, and spirit.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Christmas Dashy” (Level 5 with 5,163 points, a member since December 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

Christians, would God approve of you blocking atheists?

for the mere fact that we challenge your belief?

I would think that God would want us atheists to be challenging you to, you know, test your faith

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?  Ye lust, and have not:  ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain:  ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?  But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.  Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep:  let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  (James 4:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Heirs of The Cross? (04/01/2016); By Faith, Not By Interpretation? (12/31/2015); Growing Up Again? (12/09/2015); Mercy Not Sacrifice? (08/10/2015); Temptations, Tests and Trials? (05/12/2015); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Snake Handling? (02/19/2014)

 

“Christmas Dashy”, as sinners who have been “born again”,  Christian believers are encouraged to endure affliction, life challenges, “growing pains,” and suffering upon the earth as necessary aspects of becoming “ripe” for harvest at the appearing of Jesus Christ from heaven (we say, the Advent, the Rapture, the Second Coming).  To be effective and fruitful as those born again, believers all must “grow up again” displaying growth within their spirit, their acquisition of sacred knowledge, and their developing to  maturity as a “new creation” through the ministry provided by Christ and the Holy Spirit.  Multiple operations carried out by divinity equip and supply his workers to accomplish the specific duties, tasks, and spiritual works that continue correct relationship with divinity.  Included are clarifying, demonstrating and spreading the doctrines and teachings from Christ through their lifestyle and daily routines as well as praise, prayer, service, and worship.  While dialog and interaction with others are necessary, the tools of argument, debate, and the methods of academic study tend to be useless.  Such finite tools as intellect, logic, mathematics, science, and technology do not allow created beings and living creatures to recognize, resist or eliminate sin.  Focus and priority must be upon the gifts from the Holy Spirit that enable a complete and correct embrace of divine prophecy, promise, sacred revelation, and the promptings by the imparted, indwelling Spirit.  Believers are not to deceive, harass, intimidate, meddle with, oppress, and threaten disbelievers.  Neither are believers to invite or welcome inappropriate compromises, conflicts, disputes, and quarrels with those entangled by secular knowledge, philosophy, and other systems that lack spirit substance from the makeup of the Creator.  The believers are to be citizens of an eternal kingdom separate from those immersed in the affairs of the flesh and of the world (we say, things carnal, material, and social).  Consider how some of this is stated using language from the Bible:

(1.)  2nd Timothy 2:  3-5, King James Version (KJV):  3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.

(2.)  1st Timothy 6:  20-21, KJV:  20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:  21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

(3.)  Galatians 5:  16-23, KJV:  16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.  17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:  and these are contrary the one to the other:  so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.  18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.  19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like:  of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  23 Meekness, temperance:  against such there is no law.

(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 to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.)  1st Peter 4:  14-19, KJV:  14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you:  on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.  15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.  16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.  17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God:  and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)  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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The differences between language used to speak of spirit content and that for various states and conditions in human experience are considered, today.  Abstract aspects of human behavior that are attitudinal, emotional, intellectual, and mental are often spoken of as if they were spiritual because they are immaterial and can not be seen using sight.  Many err confusing the achievement of happiness by ones own deeds and efforts (we say, works) with salvation that is accomplished on their behalf through operations of divinity.  Consider again the following from the Bible, and the discussion appearing below:  John 13:  13-17, King James Version (KJV):  13 Ye call me Master and Lord:  and ye say well; for so I am.  14 If I then, your Lord, and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.  15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done unto you.  16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord:  neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  Also, Luke 12:  15, KJV:  15 Take heed, and beware of covetousness:  for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.  Hebrews 13:  5-6, KJV:  5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  6 So that we may boldly say The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “pretty asian girl” (Level 1 with 18 points, a member since March 15, 2008) posted the following:

Christians, what does "it’s better to have one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and a chasing after the wind.” mean?

Ecclesiastes 4:6

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou therefore endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No man that warreth entangleth himself  with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.  (2nd Timothy 2:  3-4, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Mistakes In Youth? (08/24/2015); A Duty to Restore an Inheritance? (04/16/2015); Resisting Sin (12/21/2013); When People Covet (12/22/2013); Can Someone Be Happy? (12/10/2013); Asked to Help? (12/11/2013); Prosperity Destroys Fools (09/25/2012); Life and Death (09/26/2012)

“pretty asian girl”, because we are not always careful with language and words, many believers mistakenly confuse ideas that pertain to their carnal, material and social existence with the ideas from GOD that we find in the Bible.  As Christians begin to fellowship with more experienced believers, study the holy writings on a regular basis, and practice the sacred works for those who are reborn through Christ (e.g., praise, prayer, thanksgiving, worship), they begin to understand there are many differences in application, meaning, and purpose.  For example, “happiness” (we say, a feeling; an emotional state and psychological condition) is not the same as “joy” (an aspect of the divine makeup inseparable from faith, holiness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin).  Similarly, “satisfaction” pertains to the fulfillment of “appetite”, demands for change such as hunger, thirst, and sexual cravings that arouse within organs and tissues of the body.  To “covet” appears as an operation of sin whereby a person desires whatever they see or imagine, specially the things possessed by others.  Also, they may “envy” (desire to deny others what they possess).  Through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit content, rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) the believer is given a new nature that is turned to divinity, and is commanded to pursue “contentment”, acceptance and reconciliation to existing conditions in balance with duty, expectation and hope that c0me through proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  To clarify the verse you have cited, consider again the following from the Scriptures that counsel humility and condemn contentiousness:

(1.)   Psalms 37:  16-17, King James Version (KJV):  16 A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.  17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken:  but the LORD upholdeth the righteous.

(2.)  Proverbs 16:  19, KJV:  19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly than to divide the spoil with the proud.

(3.)  Proverbs 15:  16-17, KJV:  Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.  17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

(4.)  Proverbs 17:  1, KJV:  1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than a house full of sacrifices with strife.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,  (5.)  Proverbs 21:  9, KJV:  9 It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.)  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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