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Be Still and Know

 

Today, reply is on whether “believing” there is GOD is a matter of acknowledging a broad range of attributes and characteristics (e.g., authority, ethnicity, faith, lovingkindness, personhood, power, race) that require meaningful human responses, or is a simple act of definition for a common object in the life of mankind. According to Christian beliefs, as an emanation from divinity and a creation of GOD, the completeness, integrity, and quality of human existence and life for mankind should vary as a function of divine prerogative, sacred law, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. Thus, it is written: Malachi 1: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. 10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Wisecracker” (Level 05 with 9,341 points, a member since April 07, 2019) posted the following:

 

Believing in God means more than simply acknowledging His existence. Agree or Disagree?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. (Malachi 3: 13-18, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: According To Divine Purpose (06/09/2019); From Spirit Not Mud (02/26/2019); That GOD Is Judge (11/01/2018); The Origin And Source (04/26/2018); Sacred Operations By GOD (04/12/2018); What Is A Spirit? (03/06/2018); The Meaning of Worship? (07/09/2014); To Serve GOD Acceptably (07/10/2014)

 

Wisecracker”, correctly understood, many take “believing” in GOD to be only an emotional, intellectual, and mental process. In fact, however, acknowledging and responding to GOD are operations that depend on spirit process and substance. Where a person thoughtfully reflects on divinity (we also say, divine fullness; the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit) as being more than another physical object like themselves that definitely has existence, and might also have life, the method and process to make an accurate and complete consideration involves posing multiple questions, pursuing patterns of logical connection, and organizing all the data one may collect to provide a clear presentation of ones process and findings. Academic descriptions, information about “the gods” and reports on their activities will be very different from those presentations shared as priestly sacraments, revelation, and utterances from divinity to maintain communication, exchange, and interaction with mankind.

For many, Christianity has been the most challenging belief system that shares the thoughts and words from divinity to make divine fullness knowable, known, accessible, and approachable. Included have been divine law; covenant relationship; and the appearance of GOD through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. While divinity ordinarily exists as inseparable spirit substance (e.g., faith, holiness, forbearance, forgiveness, gratitude, humility, personhood, oneness without sameness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin), divinity also has appeared on the earth as Jesus Christ using the forms and operations of human flesh (we say, the Incarnation).

The character, process, and substance of divinity is Spirit; therefore, GOD is held to be boundless, limitless, and without measurable dimensions. More than this, GOD is the origin for all that exists, for order throughout the universe as well as for all that have life. In Christian belief, it is possible for created beings and living creatures that have consciousness and self-will to receive benefits and privileges sharing relationships with GOD that become possible through spirit substance imparted from the makeup of GOD, divine law, sacred promises, prophecy, eternal purpose, and the sovereignty of GOD. Through devices such as Incarnation, the use of anointed spokespersons (we say, prophets, kings, apostles), the establishment of governments and nations, and the founding of a church on the earth, the existence of GOD is experienced as that of a sentient being who determines multiple aspects of human duration and survival. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Hebrews 11: 6, King James Version (KJV): 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

2. Isaiah 55: 6-12, KJV: 6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

3. Hosea 6: 5-7, KJV: 5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. 6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. 7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Jeremiah 9: 23-24, KJV: 23 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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True and Faithful

 

Today, reply is on communication within the household of faith, and among those created, saved, and sanctified in heaven. On the earth, many pose questions in ways that are not godly and transparent. On surface, questions are harmless and useful tools that call forth assistance and support for those who have unmet needs and are vulnerable. However, questions also may be used for reasons that are malicious and are not in agreement with divine law (e.g., to challenge the integrity and righteousness of others; to confront authority; to continue vainglory and self-promotion; to demoralize and implant poisonous seed within the minds of those who are developing accord; to encourage doubt, skepticism and uncertainty, or even to display defiance and foment rebellion against the Most High). A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “No Summertime” (Level 2 with 258 points, a member since June 17, 2016) posted the following:

 

Am I allowed to ask questions in heaven?

When I get there, can I ask many questions or do I have to keep my mouth shut and don’t speak unless I’m spoken to?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. (Revelation 21: 1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); The Mystery of GODhead (10/21/2018); Questions GOD Might Ask? (05/11/2018); With A Divine Eye (05/02/2018); Will There Be Diversity? (10/22/2017); Asking For Answers From GOD? (05/21/2015); About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014); About Deluding Yourself? (09/22/2014)

 

No Summertime”, Christian believers today all are to acknowledge that sacred events and possibilities for what will occur in heaven may be known best through the record of divine promises, prophecies, revelation, and visions shared in sacred scripture and the holy writings. Asking that makes petition and requests for material goods and provisions or sacred substance from GOD is understood as different from asking to receive reliable information and sacred knowledge. Even so, consider the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.) Deuteronomy 4: 32-33, King James Version (KJV): 32 For ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven unto the other, whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it? 33 Did ever people hear the voice of God speaking out of the midst of the fire, as thou hast heard, and live?

(2.) 1st Samuel 2: 2-4, KJV: 2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.

(3.) Isaiah 55: 7-12, KJV: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

(4.) James 1: 5-6, KJV: 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

(5.) 1st Timothy 1: 4-5, KJV: 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (6.) 1st Corinthians 2: 9-11, KJV: 9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is on blasphemy, discipline for speech and thought, and casually using the phrase “in God’s name.” Using mild expletives (e.g., dang!; darn!; shucks!) are thought to make one colorful and memorable, yet, undermine control and self-discipline. Cursing, swearing, and threatening are not the only forms of speech that introduce division, nourish immaturity, and trigger violence within the family circle and in the home. Thoughtful Christians also will stay on guard against blasphemy, exaggeration, irreverence, and lying. Properly understood, ones speech and thoughts are to continually display Christlikeness, and minister to others such elements as admonition, blessing, comfort, correction, praise, prayer, prophecy, teaching, and thanksgiving. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality public forum who uses the ID “Katie J.” (Level 1 with 3 points, a member since April 22, 2010) posted the following:

 

When is it appropriate to ask questions in God’s name?

My nine year old son just learned about asking questions in God’s name and has been having an absolute field day with it. He asks everything from “where in God’s name should we order pizza from?” to “where in God’s name is the salt shaker?” and “when in God’s name was the last time the dog went out to pee?”. I asked him to chill with it and he just asked me “why in God’s name should I stop?” and I didn’t have a real answer for him. Is there certain criteria to ask things in God’s name? I need to make sure I have the rule right before I go tell him and he asks “where in God’s name did I learn that?” It’s getting out of hand.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, And said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days. And the high priest arose, and said unto him, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye? They answered and said, He is guilty of death. Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying, Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee? (Matthew 26: 59-68, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Bible Definitions Of Sin (10/01/2018); Power Of The Tongue (01/04/2018); Christianity Is Not Mindless (05/02/2017); “Good grief!” and Prophecy? (11/06/2016); Freedom of Foul Speech (09/10/2014); Dating and Worship? (09/11/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Offenses to GODhead (05/07/2014); Acknowledging Divinity? (03/30/2013)

 

Katie J.”, sinners who choose to become “developing Christians” are encouraged to change their patterns of speech and thought so that their consciousness can become filled by, and continually give expression to the Spirit of GOD. Because believers are to avoid casual use of language that may be regarded as “cheap talk” and hurtful (e.g., pronouncing curses, exaggeration, gossip, lies, obscenity, profanity, rumors, slander, vulgarity), many also avoid insults, “ranking”, slang, and the use of expletives (i.e., expressions of surprise) that may include OMY Gosh/O my God/OMG.

Within the household of faith the goal of achieving spiritual maturity and becoming ripe for harvest by the Lord at his coming (i.e., the Advent; the Rapture; the Second Coming) is met through emphasis upon accountability, consistency, duty, respect, sacred practice, and unselfishness. This purpose also will be seen in the careful use of words to acknowledge the awesomeness of divinity, maintain godliness, and continually convey reverence (we say awe; fear of the Lord). Where believers use the phrase “in the name of the Lord” there are multiple meanings. Included are, I ask/command/require/speak as (1) an anointed agent, representative, or spokesperson from the Lord; (2) in obedience to the Lord; (3) having authority from the Lord; and (4) on pain of divine judgment against you. Consider again the following that uses language from the holy writings:

(1.) Proverbs 10: 18-20, King James Version (KJV): 18 He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool. 19 In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. 20 The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

(2.) James 3: 6-14, KJV: 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

(3.) Hebrews 13: 15, KJV: 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 12: 30-37, KJV: 30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit. 34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. 36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. 37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Instead of His Son

 

Today, reply is on the demonstration of spiritual growth provided by the faith and works of Abraham.  While Abraham is spoken of in Scripture as one of the most prosperous and wealthy of the Patriarch and the “Friend of GOD,” Abraham did not start out as one who was “perfect”.  Abraham’s beginnings were those of a simple man, a youth, challenged to commit himself to a lifestyle that included many trials and uncertainties.  Like most of us today, Abraham had to take on new knowledge, sacred knowledge, and become a new creation of Jesus Christ.  Abraham had to respond to divinity with correcting his own mistakes, discovery, gradual growth, learning, and becoming mature in the things of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).   A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” Religion and Spirituality forum using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information appears) posted the following:

 

Why did Abraham question God when he was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, but never questioned him when he was told to kill his child?

It’s odd that he didn’t trust that God had good reason to destroy the city, but then trusted that Good knew best when it came to having him slaughter house own child…

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.  For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:  Because the law worketh wrath:  for where no law is, there is no transgression.  Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,  (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.  And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;  (Romans 4:  13-20, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Firstborn Of Every Creature (05/09/2018); The First “Chosen” People (05/03/2018); Demonstrations of Spirit Truth (02/28/2018); The Heir To Abraham (10/23/2016); Why Was Lot Spared? (12/20/2015); The Judgment Against Sodom? (04/10/2015); A Common Heritage? (07/13/2014); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, you are speaking of both the faith and works of Abraham.  Along with building sacred altars, offering sacrifices to GOD, and demonstrating acceptable worship, Abraham dug life-giving wells of water, maintained a coherent community of thousands while living and regularly traveling as a nomad, and led his entire household into a covenant of circumcision.  Here are some other points to consider:

(1.)  Abraham did not challenge or question whether GOD had good reason to destroy Sodom; Abraham sought to know whether judgment to punish would also display divine righteousness (e.g., correction, forbearance, forgiveness, impartiality, mercy, reconciliation, thoroughness without giving attention to arbitrary details).

(2.)  The account of Abraham interceding for Sodom and Gomorrah is presented within the Scriptures chapters before the account of Abraham challenged to sacrifice Isaac.  The meaning of Isaac in the covenant of circumcision was no different from that for Ishmael.  However the meaning of the two was not the same in prophecy and in revelation.  Thus, Isaac was the “firstborn” and promised heir to Abraham, as is Jesus Christ, where Ishmael was the “first born” foreshadowing the trials that would be endured by the descendants of Abraham in Egypt.  

(3.)  By his acknowledgements and responses to the Creator, Abraham increasingly expressed faith that was being edified, nourished, and built up by GOD himself.  Abraham experienced similar spiritual growth and the permanent changes that are made within those who are “born again” through Christian baptism. 

(4.)  In Abraham, the personhood of divinity and mankind were joined through commanded expectation (we say, hope), obedience to divine law, patience, promise, and prophecy.  Reverence and trust were built up gradually within multiple settings (i.e., through time and space) by divine deliverance, fulfillment, and the bearing of fruit.  Consider again the following verses from the Bible:

1.  Genesis 18:  17-21, King James Version (KJV):  17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;  18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?  19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.  20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;  21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

2.  Genesis 22:  6-8, KJV:  6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.  7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:  and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood:  but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering:  so they went both of them together.

3.  Hebrews 11:  7-19, KJV:  17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:  and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, James 2:  19-24, KJV:  19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well:  the devils also believe, and tremble.  20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?  21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?  22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?  23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness:  and he was called the Friend of God.  24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Where Is Your Faith

 

Today, reply is on questions divinity might pose appearing in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum.  While the Almighty is not likely to make direct use of the Internet, social media, and other modern devices himself, many from the community of faith are willing to appear in the public forum sharing instruction, testimony and witness as anointed spokespersons commissioned by GOD.  As omniscient and sovereign, GOD does not use questions to get information that is lacking or missing.  More than inquiry, divinity relies on prophecy that serves to comfort, edify, and exhort along with praise, prayer, vision, and other forms of revelation.  Divinity acknowledges the value of questions as a finite human tool for maintaining dialog, exchange, and interaction among and between those in close and personal relationships.  The fighter using “No Eternal Reward” as his ID (Level 7 with 44,402 points, a member since July 23, 2014) posted the following in the Religion and Spirituality section:

 

If God logged into this site for a moment, what question do you think he would ask?

 

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, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Origin And Source (04/26/2018); Who Deserves Divine Love? (06/23/2017); Books Having Sacred Knowledge? (10/25/2016); Wanting To Know When? (10/18/2015); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); Asking For Answers From GOD? (05/21/2015); Philosophical Questions? (04/17/2014); To Accomplish A Sacred Goal (04/18/2014)

 

“No Eternal Reward”, rather than interrogation and inquiry of created beings and living creatures to examine their makeup and substance, the primary operations and processes of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Trinity; the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit) have been revelation to make the Creator knowable, known, accessible, and approachable.  Even so, it strikes me that the following are some questions recorded in the Bible that Deity has posed:

(1.)  Ezekiel 18:  23, King James Version (KJV):  23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD:  and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

(2.)  Luke 10:  25-26, KJV:  25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

(3.)  Matthew 22:  41-42, KJV:  41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,  42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

(4.)  Mark 12:  24, KJV:  24 And Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God?

(5.)  John 3:  12, KJV:  12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

(6.)  Acts 19:  2-4, KJV:  2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.  4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

(7.)  Romans 6:  3-4, KJV:  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

(8.)  1st Corinthians 3:  16, KJV:  16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

(9.)  1st Corinthians 6:  19, KJV:  19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (10.)  Luke 8:  25, KJV:  25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

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Today, reply is made to correct errors confusing Jacob’s daughter and the daughter-in-law of Judah.  The origin for the tribe of Judah as the line that would put forth the Messiah is only dimly prefigured in the account of Tamar playing the whore at a time when temple prostitution was widely practiced in Canaan to demand justice after seeking lawful Levirate marriage with the sons of Judah.  Even so, important sacred knowledge is shared on redemption and righteousness.  “Father Dickinson” (Level 1 with 79 points, a member since August 14, 2017) posted the following:

 

This morning, a young man in my study group asked me a question I couldn’t answer. Can some good Christians help?

During my children’s group, “Touching Kids for Jesus”, a young man asked how Jacob’s daughter was moral for tricking him into sex (Genesis chapter 38). What should I have told him?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And this is the blessing of Judah:  and he said, Hear, LORD, the voice of Judah, and bring him unto his people:  let his hands be sufficient for him; and be thou an help to him from his enemies.  (Deuteronomy 33:  7, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Faithless Israel, Unfaithful Judah? (08/18/2017); Thoughts on Sexual Relationships (03/07/2017); Law Requires Genuine Righteousness (07/28/2016); Incest? (10/29/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014); The Root of Jesse (01/03/2013); Newness of Spirit? (01/04/2013)

 

“Father Dickinson”, when responding to youth in Bible study and other groups within the community of faith, the safest course is to stick to the daily/weekly lesson book with its guides for teachers and other church workers.  An agreement should be in place that caretakers and teachers will refer children to their own parents for answers at home when responses to their many concerns and questions are not already agreed upon and set by the curriculum.   Given the primary focus and intent of church school studies are to establish the revelation of GOD through Jesus Christ, there are many points that could have been shared that would have been useful, and far less awkward for you.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  The laws regarding marriage as a social institution and codes of sexual behavior under the management of mankind were still developing.  Certainly, the cautions and prohibitions we practice today were not in place; and the detailed laws through the covenant of Moses were yet to become established. 

(2.)  Initially, Levirate marriage was used as a device to preserve tribal identity, cultural purity, sanctification (i.e., being set apart for use by GOD), and family stability among people who were essentially nomads defined by their association with one another, not their location, the property they owned, or territory on the earth.

(3.)  The denial of Tamar by Judah, as the head of a tribe of Jacob, to be properly acknowledged in marriage with his son was a violation of covenant law and promise.  The familial blessings and the priesthood bestowed by GOD to be the inheritance among the 12 sons of Jacob would be become shifted to no longer be on the basis of birth order.  Reuben would lose place to Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh blessed at his death by Jacob), Joseph would lose place to Judah (blessed at his death by Moses), and Levi would have no inheritance as his brothers.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Judah surrendered the emblems of lawful authority over the tribe bearing his name to Tamar.  The first acknowledgment of fault and sin recorded in the holy writings was made by Judah who did not continue in error, and acknowledged that the righteousness of Tamar as greater than his own.  She became the mother of twins, and her sons then became the forbearers of Messiah.)  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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Today, reply is made on death, the substance of divinity, and Hurricane Harvey.  All divine order proceeds from the existence of divinity.  Continuous and uninterrupted divine order are in place as the context and setting for various objects and events.  Multiple regularities have been described and are identified by mankind as occurring on the basis of natural laws and processes within frameworks of time and space.  Sacred events (we say, miracles), intercession, and the use of divine power are not intended to put an end to, or replace natural law.  Divinity operates with restraint and in accordance with sacred law and standards for spirit substance, rather than the finite standards that emerge from natural law and processes, or those generated by human care and emotion.  Thus, the compassion of GOD in response to human needs and suffering is not the same as the mercy of GOD that can appear during judgment.  Having different meanings, power, and purpose, divine compassion is akin to human emotions and feelings, and like our own, ought not arbitrarily and willfully alter or interrupt human events.  By contrast, mercy pertains to divine events, and is applied when determining outcomes of divine assessments.  Using language from the holy writings, then, the saving of the physical body is called “deliverance” while the saving of the spirit is called “salvation”.  The two may occur at the same time, yet, will continue to be on very different levels.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Pixel” (Level 4 with 3,004 points, a member since June 29, 2016) posted the following:

 

If Jesus is so great why did he not save the people who died in Houston?

These people died the most horrific death while watching their grandchildren share their tragic and unfortunate fate.

Meanwhile Jesus Christ who loves us all, who watches over us in our time of need, who has all power in the universe, did nothing to prevent the tragedy.

Not a single thing.

Now I’m not trying to insult anyone here, I want to be blunt and point out that this is legitimate observation if you’re a believer or not.

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THE GOLDEN ARROW:  There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay:  but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  (Luke 13:  1-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Endurance, Humility and Obedience? (06/04/2017); Shot While in Church? (06/18/2015); Asleep Through the Holocaust? (07/14/2014); Faith for Facing Tragedy? (06/04/2013); Words Spoken By GOD? (06/05/2013); Unless You Repent (03/05/2013); The Childhood of Jesus? (03/06/2013)

 

“Pixel”, many who ask your question, or others like it are angry, confused, and hurt such that, when they are given the same answer that provides comfort and encouragement from GOD to those who are believers, they are unable to connect and understand.  This is usually because their purpose in posing the question has been to accuse GOD of cruelty, belittle, disrespect, and insult believers, or demonstrate what they suppose is their own knowledge and superiority.  All that must be put aside, and a thoughtful, adult consideration of mature Christian belief must be taken up.  Consider the following points:

(1.)  Where the “greatness of GOD” could be measured alone in how many babies born, how many college graduates, per capita income (that some call prosperity), or how many successful surgeries there have been, the spirit substance, power, and sovereignty that resides within GOD would not be clearly recognized and properly acknowledged.

(2.)  The relationship of the created to the Creator is that of dependency.  Through the revelations to make divinity knowable, known, and “visible” to created beings and living creatures, mankind have been freely given instruction regarding the origins of mortality as a continuing condition for human existence and life.  Sin that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Law Giver, and all divine order must come into view.  All things that exist do not have life; and many of the processes for life are mechanical and repetitive (e.g., aging, birth, learning, recovery from sickness).  Even so, acknowledging the natural laws and standards that allow life to continue, the living do have some measure of control to determine the extent of their own mortal lives.

(3.)  The true people of GOD, do not complain that they have been challenged by a great storm, that they have lost belongings and property, or that they have lost loved ones now that they knew could otherwise be taken away at any moment.  Believers trust the love of GOD is no less in times of hurt, loss and trouble.  GOD continues as the Supreme Being, and is no less worthy of gratitude, obedience, and respect.  Their understanding includes:  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (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 examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Christians accept that through the provisions of GOD they can rebuild, recover, and go on to higher heights.  They realize, it is the loss of eternal life, and the final separation from GOD by the second death that is nonnegotiable and irreversible.)  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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