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Building on the foundation of faith.

 

Today, reply is on whether reading the Bible will strengthen or weaken ones faith. In the same way fellowship within a community of faith (we say, attending church; having a church home; ministering to others; performing godly works and unselfish service) permits a developing believer to be set apart for sacred use and communion with divinity, regular reading and study of the holy writings consecrate and nourish human consciousness and self-will. Benefits, blessing/cursing, correction, guidance, possibilities, and privilege from GOD are established that may not be gained by any other means, or from anywhere else in the world. Because small children and teens often are introduced to the Bible as a collection of adventure tales and bedtime stories, their parents may have failed to realize that the sacred writings provide lessons that children absolutely must receive as they are growing, not after they are grown. There are multiple themes to equip youth for the mature expression of adult accountability, duty, godliness, gratitude, reverence, and suffering. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality, who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile is shown) posted the following:

 

Christians help! The more I read the bible, the more my faith weakens?

Shall I stop reading the bible before I completely lose my faith in God?

I was born and raised by Christians, and I was blissfully ignorant to the biblical teachings. But now I’m actually reading and studying the bible critically, it’s making me question God and my faith.

I don’t want to lose faith. I don’t want to become an atheist. I just want to be Christian like my family and friends. Is it okay if I stop reading the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2nd Peter 1: 2-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: How GOD Is Communicating (10/31/2018); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Standing On The ABCs? (11/09/2017); Actual Utterance From GOD? (08/11/2017); Determining What Is Sin (06/15/2017); The Bible and Salvation (09/14/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); On Producing Atheists (03/16/2013); The Children, not the Dogs (03/17/2013)

 

Anonymous”, it would be o.k. if you stopped listening to and participating in academic and literary studies of the Bible. The goal in Christianity is to become Christlike and to commune with divinity, not to fit in with family, friends and other social groups. From the time of Moses, the process of GOD is that of oral proclamation using spokespersons (i.e., prophets), while the use of apostles, scholars and writers have been important for sharing and spreading the revelation from Jesus Christ. Developing believers and full members within the church where Jesus Christ is head are encouraged to acknowledge the holy writings as a source for the nourishment of their own life essence (we say, breath; spirit; word) imparted by divinity through baptism as well as through the hearing of preaching, prophecy, testimony, and witness. The Scriptures should be received as a divine tool that crystallizes and focuses consciousness and self-will for believers. The Scriptures provide the common language and vocabulary for sharing sacred experience along with reference points for comparing (showing sameness) and contrasting (showing differences) among events and for streams of truth that are necessary as the discernment, recognition, and ability to respond to divinity as an active presence.

At all times (start to finish), developing and expressing Christian belief is a sacred process of discovery, gradual growth, and transformation. Sinners who become “born again” also must “grow up again,” and become mature in their sacred knowledge, discipline, and practice as the offspring of GOD, joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, his new creation, and vessels becoming filled with fresh endowments of divine spirit (e.g., faith, forbearance, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin).

Those who complain and criticize the Scriptures because they are ancient, because they describe the infirmity and weakness of human consciousness and self-will, or because they speak of Israel and the Jews, usually are operating according to secular knowledge, and are relying on the finite human tools of intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, science, and technology. However, it is the divine law, eternal purpose, immutable truth, and sovereign will of an immortal, incorruptible, invisible Deity that must come into understanding. Embracing the frameworks of time and space yet enduring as forward-looking, Christians carefully examine a record of divinity appearing through thousands of events, within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Believers are to apprehend as their own inheritance a treasure made up of counsels, covenant agreements, government documents (chronicles), examples, instructions, praises, sacred process, promises, prophecies, and warnings. 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.) Romans 10: 17, KJV: 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(3.) 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Romans 10: 1-4, KJV: 1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. 2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

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Whether or not sinners may gain salvation without reading the Scriptures is the topic, today.  The holy writings are as excellent as every other spiritual gift from divinity (e.g., apostles, discernment, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, rebirth, repentance, tongues) because they are not simply about GOD, they are by and from GOD.  Correctly understood, the holy writings are a device GOD uses to impart spirit substance to the living.  Operations carried out by the Spirit of GOD serve in a sacred process of revelation whereby the character, nature, eternal purpose, and substance of divinity are made knowable and known to created beings and living creatures.  Mature Christian believers usually agree that the Bible is a divine tool to be taken seriously by every repentant sinner, for the Scriptures document the active presence of divinity upon the earth and within the heaven using thousands of events within thousands of lives over the course of thousands of years.  Specifically, the full gospel of Jesus Christ is presented there along with much of the sacred knowledge required to maintain ones lifestyle as a new creation through the life, death, and resurrection of our Savior.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answer” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shared) posted the following:

 

Is it true you can never enter the Kingdom of Heaven if you’ve never read The Bible?

Most people don’t even read the Bible and most people are going to hell

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  (2nd Peter 1:  2-10, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Best Starting Point (09/13/2016); Church Attendance and Inheritance (09/11/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); On Doing Good Deeds (02/02/2016); From Cover to Cover? (01/04/2016); Starting From Scratch? (07/08/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015)

 

“Anonymous”, every sinner is called (recruited) to do their own part within a full work from GOD.  Christian believers are to accept the holy writings as an authoritative source for correct sacred knowledge appearing through such features as divine commandments, examples from life experience, required expectations (we say, hope), guidance, instruction, terms for covenant relationship, divine law, official proclamations from divinity, promises, and prophecy in the form of comfort, demonstrations, edification, and exhortation.  The Scriptures serve as the framework for sacred structure within the life of a believer, and are to convey and impart spirit content from the makeup of GOD.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord, reverence), faith, holiness, humility, divine love, longsuffering, meekness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, the Scriptures are an appearance of GOD using physical form (i.e., incarnation).  Through disciplined and regular study of the Scriptures, believers are to develop discernment (i.e., the ability to apply ones own spirit content from GOD to recognize and respond to the same spirit content as it appears in events, oneself, other persons, messages and statements, etc.).  Even so, salvation does not result by our simply reading a book.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  1st Corinthians 13:  1-3, King James Version (KJV):  1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

(2.)  Ephesians 2:  8-10, KJV:  8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is the gift of God:  9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.  10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

(3.)  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.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Peter 2:  1-5, KJV:  1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,  2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:  3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.  4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,  5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Reading the Bible from “cover to cover” is the topic, today.  For many, the Scriptures are merely an artifact from ancient times, an old, old book, and an historical relic.  They must begin to “see with new eyes” and recognize that the Scriptures are a record of deeds performed by GOD, and words spoken from divinity to benefit all created beings and living creatures.  Included are sacred law, proclamations, promises, and prophecies that deposit the divine nature within mankind.  Consider the following verses from the Bible:

James 1:  21-25, King James Version (KJV):  1 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.  22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.  23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Titus 2:  11-13, KJV:  11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,  12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;  13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

2nd Timothy 3:  15-17, KJV:  15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  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.

Romans 10:  13-17, KJV:  13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Chris C” (Level 2 with 636 points, a member since June 13, 2006) posted the following:

 

Which books of the Bible are best skipped when reading the Bible cover to cover?

When we do Bible study we restrict ourselves to certain books of the Bible. I was considering reading the Bible cover to cover but have been told that it is better to skip a few books, as they may be unhelpful. Which ones do you think are best avoided and can you say why?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.  And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.  Thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years.  Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee.  (Deuteronomy 8:  1-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Bad GOD, Good GOD? (01/03/2016); By Faith, Not By Interpretation? (12/31/2015); In Times of Progress? (12/21/2015); Sacred Events Were Dismissed? (11/05/2015); A Correct Church? (10/05/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Apocryphal Books? (08/07/2015); Those Who Read? (02/17/2015); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014)

 

“Chris C”, I recommend you read the entire Bible at least once; however, that will serve as only a first step in your acquiring full sacred knowledge.  You may then do as many others who read and re-read the Scriptures, even exploring multiple language versions and translations.  Many Christian believers are asking “How much knowledge from the Bible do we need to be saved?” and some even ask, “Do we need the Bible at all…?”  The ancient holy writings are available to us a fixed, and unchanging resource that can be used to bear out the continuing operations of divinity in our own lives, today.  Believers are to trust that the Scriptures have been provided by Deity as a sacred device for revelation (i.e., making divinity known, present, and visible).  Spirit content from the makeup of GOD is to be imparted to the believer.  Included are awe (we say, fear of the Lord), faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Many want to approach the Scriptures using their skills and tools for gathering secular knowledge.  They center their growth and learning upon finite elements such as human history, intellect, logic, philosophy, science, and technology.  As yet, none of those things have been sufficient to overcome and remove sin as a condition for life among created beings and living creatures.  The holy writings do provide information important for communication, exchange and interaction within the community of faith; however, we are not saved on the basis of how many books we have read, how many verses we may quote.

All in positions of leadership and trust should have a complete and comprehensive knowledge of the things from GOD for the benefit of mankind.  Included are parents, teachers, and elected government officials.  Those who will lead and share within the church are specially correct to seek a full and thorough experience of the word.  In addition to discussion and study of the Bible, they also should embrace baptism, confession, contemplation, praise, prayer, repentance, and worship.

Believers are correct to sing, “Just as I am, without one plea….”  At best, what we can know of GOD while we are still upon the earth is limited, and merely a small piece from a huge universe.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

 

The value of the holy writings for reading, study, and spiritual growth are topics, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “Raul” (Level 1 with 206 points, a member since January 18, 2015) attacked with the following:

 

Why is it most religious people (catholics and christians) haven’t read the bible?

I mean i’ve met lots if not hundreds of people (because i usually move around a lot) and I’ve noticed that most of the catholics and christians haven’t even read 1/5 of their holy book. I mean, their whole religion and faith are based on this book and the haven’t read it. Like wtf? I’ve read more than half of it, but decided it was a waste of time.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:  To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.  (Romans 16:  25-27, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Gift of Meekness (11/25/2014); Concerning Meekness (11/26/2014); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); The Scriptures and Perfection? (10/27/2014); Catholics, Protestants and the Trinity? (10/12/2014); The Gift of Life Despised? (10/13/2014)

 

“Raul”, here are a few points that add value for those having place in the kingdom of Jesus Christ, however, it requires you take time to consider them:

(1.)  Those who carefully read and re-read the Bible are those who have made a commitment to share in a community of faith.  Various aspects of communication, exchange and interaction must come into view including accountability, duty, respect, and trust.

(2.)  Many who read understand that their awareness and consciousness must be directed to things that are outside the spheres of academics, politics and current events (we say, carnal living) in order for their spirit content to be altered, nourished, properly applied to continue their own salvation as well as to unselfishly serve divinity.

(3.)  Those who are born again through baptism (death and burial of ones inborn spirit; rebirth from divine DNA, so to speak) also must “grow up” again.  While believers are endowed with inseparable aspects from the makeup of Deity (such as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, love, wisdom, and wrath against sin), all must mature and become perfected by “works” like acquiring sacred knowledge, fellowship with other believers, praise, prayer, repentance, and worship.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Those who embrace the holy writings also acknowledge that their understanding must be achieved through operations of the Spirit imparted from GOD.  In the same way finite human intelligence, logic, mathematics, philosophy and science do not eliminate, remove, and resist sin, they can not establish the clear and full revelation of divinity.)  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

The fall of Adam, divine law, and the basis for right relationship with divinity are topics, today.  Also, there is more on Bible study and conversion.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers UK & Ireland” using the ID “Q&A Queen” (Level 7 with 47, points, a member since May 17, 2007) posted the following:

 

Why didn’t God tell Adam & Eve advance what the FULL punishment would be for their rebellion? 

If the idea of eternal torment in hell is true why, when God issued the command to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge, did he simply saythey would DIE. There was no warning about eternal torment. Why not? Wouldn’t that have been a greater deterrent. This “failure” is compounded by the fact that, at Genesis 3:18, when he pronounced judgment on them AFTER their rebellion, he simply said “for dust you are and to dust you will return.” Why didn’t he tell them their entire punishment?

Respectful thoughts, please.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  All Who Read Convert? (10/10/2014)—(4.)  Casual focus upon a book (for example, any of the Harry Potter novels) will not allow a reader anything more than a surface knowledge of its characters, their exchanges and interaction, the plot, and its resolution.  That the word from GOD is not to be read casually is illustrated in the Scriptures by its introduction through Moses with convocation, death, sacrifice, and sanctification by the sprinkling of blood.  A genuine appreciation of an author’s manner of expression, the writer’s core personality, and their vision for those pursuing the profession of letters will only come by a sensitive experience of immersion, and careful consideration of the work in hand.  Only those who invite and welcome the Holy Spirit as they read and study the Bible are carried to the level of acceptance and understanding that appear as change, growth, rebirth, and new life from GOD, its divine author.  For such persons, their conversion is seen in their regular and repeated recognition that explanations, definitions, descriptions, and standards within the Scriptures, and gained through experiences in fellowship with believers (such as church attendance), agree with those from their own inner spirit provided by divinity.  Praise, prayer and worship should open and close every period of study, no matter how brief it may be.  The possible benefits from a five minute session are no less important and valuable than those for a five hour session.  As with any serious academic study, a believer is wise to make written notes to record for later use (a) their own questions that may arise (even when they expect the present reading to give answer); (b) any points of interest for further study; and (c ) the connections, overlap and similarities that may appear among various verses and passages.  The multiple aspects of spirit content within the Bible can not be completely internalized through a single reading of the book.  Comprehending its rich expression of divinity is a work that requires a believer’s full lifetime.  See again Exodus 24:  3-12, Joshua 8:  33-35, 2nd Kings 23:  1-3, Nehemiah 8:  1-10, Nehemiah 8:  18, Nehemiah 9:  3 and Ecclesiastes 12:  11-14, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.  There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.  (Proverbs 19:  20-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Expulsion from Eden (05/05/2014); Blasphemy Against the GODhead (05/06/2014); Beyond Punishment (03/21/2014); A Guarantee of Heaven? (03/22/2014); Mankind Destroyed? (01/24/2014); What Salvation Is (01/25/2014); Before the Fruit? (11/10/2012); Why “Mysterious” (11/11/2012); Why Clothing? (10/15/2010); Known by GOD? (10/16/2010)

 

“Q&A Queen”, here are a few points to consider that come into view through the revelation from GOD incarnate as Jesus Christ:

(1.)  The foundation for eternal companionship with divinity was not laid upon the basis of how much knowledge (some say, data, facts, science) one possesses, or the extent of emotional and intellectual content that would exist and expand within created beings and living creatures in accordance with the dynamics of the mind.  Content from the makeup of deity is to reside within all living that establishes a permanent link and condition of unity with GOD.  Included are such inseparable aspects of GOD as faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, hope, joy, truthfulness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

(2.)  The holy writings do not detail the many exchanges GOD may have had with Adam (the single name GOD used for the first pair).  It is incorrect to assume that GOD did not clearly proclaim and state the necessary instruction for carrying out the divine will.  Just as believers today, the pair were to operate in obedience that would emerge through love, respect, and trust, rather than full knowledge from a compendium of sacred laws.

(3.)  Adam was created having awareness and self-will, and was to exist exercising a peculiar level of independence before GOD.  The integrity of mankind as a distinct being would be maintained in the terms generated by the interaction of elements deposited within humanity for the expression of life.  While man was not fashioned initially as one immortal, like the holy angels, mankind was to endure indefinitely at the discretion of GOD.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Before one advances to threats and warnings of punishment, there are many levels of interaction that may be employed that serve as positive guidance.  Included are admonition, chiding, prophetic demonstration, praise, putting one into remembrance, rebuke, reprimand, reproach, and scolding.  The benefits of carrying out and obeying the law are more to be a focus for positive relationships than detailing the sanctions for violations of law.  In Jesus Christ, we also see that promises and prophecies impart the divine nature, and further transform believers for continuing with eternal life.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, delusion, divine revelation, and human mental and spiritual health come into view.  Also, there is more on knowing the name of GOD.  The “Yahoo! Answers” writer using “Murderous Puppy” as an ID (Level 1 with 196 points, a member since March 02, 2013) posted the following:

 

If I have to delude myself into believing God exists before he will reveal himself to me…?

then how do I know his revelation isn’t just a delusion?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  About Knowing the Name of GOD (09/21/2014)—(4.)  The living do not need to know the hidden and secret names of GOD; and the dead “praise not GOD.”  The living are to grasp divine operations, sacred process, and eternal purpose, for GOD is to be known as active presence.  While many names and titles have been used to speak of GOD during the various stages of development for covenant and salvation upon the earth, the name to be used by those having the closest, most intimate relationship with GOD (we say, the exclusive, personal, singular name of GOD) is exalted, set apart (sanctified), and not for ordinary use.  Certainly, this does not mean that the personal name of GOD does not exist.  How divinity is known and spoken of (we say, the name of GOD) changes in accordance with necessary tasks performed by GOD through different appearances of divinity on behalf of created beings and living creatures.  It is an aspect of the sacred process and substance of existence that mankind calls to GOD, and seeks the highest levels of spiritual knowledge and truth.  Yet, just as Creation has been accomplished without GOD being given criticism, direction, and instruction from the created, redemption, salvation and eternal life are not through the input of those having presence as the quick and the dead.  In place of the personal name of GOD, there are now many devices used to indicate where the divine name would appear within ones prayers, public teaching, or written presentations.  Included are Adonai, G-d, GOD Almighty (El Shaddai), Elohim, Hashem, Jehovah, Lord, and YHWH. 

(5.)  While men repeatedly seek to compare and rank the names of GOD, such efforts are in line with the pursuits of idolatry and vainglory.  To argue that “I AM” is more correct or has greater power than “the Lord of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims,” “Jealous”, “the Lord that formed me from the womb,” “the fear of Isaac,” “the mighty God of Jacob,” “the strength of Isaac,” or “The Holy One of Israel” is foolishness.  Imparting and possessing the same aspects of divine operation, presence, purpose and value, the collection of divine names are to be understood as diverse utterances that establish a single, unchanging, unified word.  See Genesis 4:  25-26, Genesis 31:  42, Judges 17:  5-6, 1st Samuel 3:  1-10, Job 37:  5-24, Exodus 6:  2-4 and Hebrews 1:  1-4, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner:  but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:  (2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Bible is All About GOD? (07/27/2014); No Mystery in Lawful Judgment (07/28/2014); Divine Law for Mankind? (07/29/2014); On Weakness? (07/03/2014); The Fear of GOD (10/30/2012); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012); The Spirit is Willing (10/20/2012); Spirit Matter (10/21/2012)

 

“Murderous Puppy”, here are a few points that have lent much emotional, psychological, and spiritual strength to Christian believers:

(1.)  GOD is an eternal spirit whose purposes and values center in the establishment of life, not upon abusing, antagonizing, dominating and oppressing finite created beings and living creatures.  Misery, sin and wretchedness are not by divine creation; they are the result of exchanges and interactions among the living.  Using things that are material and visible, GOD reveals or makes divinity known and understandable.  Included are intense emotional, intellectual and visceral experiences that communicate spirit content (e.g., faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, love, wisdom, wrath against sin).

(2.)  Mankind may operate within multiple spheres of life process for body, mind and spirit.  Data and information bombard ones awareness from external and internal, seen and unseen sources, the flesh and the mind.  Included are appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), and emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, fantasy, fear, recall).  Only when anchored and “grounded” by the core substances that establish being can the living escape the various delusions generated by covetousness, ignorance, lust, pride, unhealthy relationships, and sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example,(3.)  Many adults can not read or write.  It is not that they did not learn to recite the ABCs.  They did not learn to carry out the more complex tasks of creating combinations and permutations (i.e., arranging and re-arranging as set patterns) the same letters to make the full range of words.  Similarly, it is not that GOD did not impart a necessary foundation of spirit matter to mankind at Creation; or that GOD is inactive and silent.  Men must develop and practice discernment (use their own spirit content to recognize and respond to spirit matter that resides within events, objects, other persons, divine purposes, etc.).  The extremes of mental illness are more the consequence of carnal, cultural, political and social elements (the focus of ones mind) than the result from things given in the revelation from GOD (the focus of ones spirit).)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Whether believers can gain faith by reading the Bible is the topic, today.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Thomas” (Level 1 with 59 points, a member since January 19, 2014) posted the following:

 

Will I have more faith in God if I read the bible?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  The same was in the beginning with God.  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:  1-5, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Point of Knowledge? (07/06/2014); Points on Bible Study (06/28/2014); What Faith Makes Possible (04/25/2014); Bible and Spirit (04/26/2014); Personality? (04/27/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); The Limit to Believing? (09/16/2013); All Things Possible? (09/17/2013); Believing Everything? (11/23/2012); How To Have Conviction (11/24/2012); Reading Only The Red Part (11/19/2012); According to the Eternal Purpose (11/20/2012)

 

“Thomas”, here are a few points to consider for full Christian understanding:

(1.)  GOD is a spirit who has put forth all created beings and living creatures as well as the spheres of life wherein they exist, and the conditions and terms for their duration.  Faith is a spirit substance within the makeup of GOD that is distinct, yet, inseparable from other divine matter such as holiness, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  The living all contain some measure of divinity (we say, breath of life, imparted spirit, the Holy Spirit, utterance) through operations of GOD at Creation.

(2.)  Through the ministry of Jesus Christ, believers receive a fresh endowment of spirit content through their active acceptance and acknowledgement of his function and identity as the Word.  The Word is an aspect of full divine person (we say, the GODhead), and is an agency (some say, incarnation) whereby full divinity appears and is revealed.

(3.)  When the disciples asked Jesus to give them more faith (he had chided them saying, O ye of little faith), Jesus challenged them to understand that the issue is not about measurable amount or quantity.  Because faith is an aspect of all that GOD is, even where we have faith as little as a grain of mustard seed, believers may move mountains in agreement with divine order and eternal purpose.  Faith must be directed and expressed through actions as well as words.  Thus, hearers also are to be doers of the word.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  When Jesus appeared in the earth, many already had sacred knowledge from the holy writings, however, they were unable to correctly recognize prophecy, or to realize that the ministry of Jesus continued earlier workings of GOD through promise and proclamation.  On more than one occasion Jesus reprimanded hearers (e.g., the chosen disciples; those attending the synagogue; the priests and Levites in the Temple at Jerusalem) for their lack of faith, yet, not for lack of knowledge from the scriptures, or concerning religious customs, rituals, and traditions.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC