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Today, the divine covenants that have embraced Israel and America as beloved of GOD are in view.  As with judgment, the keeping of covenant and the fulfillment of promise and prophecy pertain more to the revealed righteousness of GOD than to the character, makeup, and substance of created beings and living creatures.  Even the holy angels are not “irreplaceable”, and those who lost their 1st estate will be replaced by those gathered from among mankind who belong to Jesus Christ.  Thus, it is the promise of GOD given to the fathers, the atoning ministry by the Son of the Highest, and the operations of the Holy Spirit that are “irreplaceable”, not the nations of men.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Political Commentator” (Level 1 with 2 points, a member since December 03, 2015) posted the following:

 

Do you realize that Israel is not America, and America is not Israel?

That Israel was the ONLY Jewish nation state in 1st century Galilee, and thereby IRREPLACEABLE?

But America is not the ONLY Christian nation in the Western world at the End Times, and thereby EXPENDABLE from the perspective of God’s plan of salvation?

That America =/= Israel,

because history doesn’t always repeat itself?

That 1st century Galilee =/= America at the End Times,

because 1st century Galilee = All of Christendom at the End Times?

That America is thereby Expendable – although Israel is Irreplaceable?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?  As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.  And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.  Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:  For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness:  because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.  And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.  What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.  But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.  Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;  (Romans 9:  22-32, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Cultural, Political, Spiritual Growth? (07/10/2016); The Remnant? (10/12/2015); American Culture and Law? (07/13/2015); Jesus As America’s President? (05/20/2015); Secular Israel? (04/08/2015); Correctly Knowing Israel? (03/01/2015); Blessing and Inheritance from Abraham? (06/05/2014); On Christians Executing Judgment (06/06/2014)

“Political Commentator”, the focus of divine covenants have  not been upon possessing livestock, slaves, or geographical territory.  Faith and the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD are at the core of true covenant.  Thus, by faith, Abraham acknowledged the promises of GOD before being circumcised, also, by faith, Moses experienced the burning bush before being circumcised.  Those who lack the “sacred knowledge” provided in the holy writings always mistakenly think that the status of Israel as a nation favored by divinity has been on the basis of their ethnic identity as Hebrews, their accomplishments as conquerors in the land of Canaan, or their ability to maintain family connection as kings, rulers, and tribes.  Similarly, those in error think the status of America as a “nation under God” is on the basis of political franchise and Constitutional law (we say, civic privileges and rights), per capita wealth, and the number of church buildings and communities of faith that are found here.  Those we call the Jews and followers of Jesus Christ throughout the world have been embraced by GOD as the offspring of Deity and citizens of a divinely established kingdom.  There have been multiple acts of grace and sovereign prerogative following events that required thousands of years.  Together they have carried out and continue to fulfill divine proclamations, sacred promises, prophecy, and eternal purposes.  Those in covenant relationship with GOD are being blessed, not on the basis of their own deeds and merit, so much as by being beneficiaries and heirs to Patriarchs, Deliverers (we say, Judges), prophets, and temporal rulers (e.g., kings, emperors, and others).  In the same way, Israel was selected to execute judgment and replace the seven tribes in the Promised Land who broke covenant with GOD, the kingdom of GOD through Christ has been established for judgment, the spread of Christian belief, and preparation of the earth for harvest at the coming of the Lord.  Consider again the following:

(1.)   Psalms 105:  8-15, King James Version (KJV):  8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.  9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;  10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:  11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance:  12 When they were but a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.  13 When they went from one nation to another, from one kingdom to another people;  14 He suffered no man to do them wrong:  yea, he reproved kings for their sakes;  15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

(2.)  Jeremiah 31:  31-33, KJV:  31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:  32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD:  33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  Acts 2:  14-21, KJV:  14 But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:  15 For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.  16 But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;  17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh:  and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:  19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke:  20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come:  21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.)  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, points are shared on how America and all its people must undergo continuous change that appears as development, learning, and growth.  As we receive correction, those of us who are wise also change.  With their people, nations rise or fall by responding to challenges, issues, and obstacles against their various routines for daily living.  A commonwealth or state must have at its core commitment to life, peace, progress and stability.  The justice of GOD as well as diversity, flexibility, integrity, and variety then can be seen as benefits that enrich the shared quality of life throughout the entire community.  For mature Christian believers, growth to full citizenship means embracing the best and highest values of an America that also gradually changes.  Commitment to the Nation is a further expression of agreement with the doctrine and teachings of the faith:  None of us are completely matured and spiritually perfected, yet; and we are to encourage, nourish, be patient with, and protect one another.  The gradual revelation of divine righteousness and truth call the living into accepting permanent and irreversible changes.  At the coming of Jesus to harvest those who are “ripe” from the earth the present ongoing transformation will be completed—in the twinkling of an eye.  Areas that now should display divine alteration, improvements, and increase include awareness of divine intent, commitment to eternal purposes, holy boldness, longsuffering, meekness, sacred knowledge, self discipline and self restraint.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Bobby” (Level 1 with 1 point, a member since March 10, 2012) posted the following:

 

Obama thinks that I’m a bitter religious fanatic because I believe that men should go to the men’s restroom and women to the women’s?

Isn’t it sad how much society has DEGENERATED that this is now controversial?

When I was a kid it wasn’t!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.  For this is as the waters of Noah unto me:  for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.  For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.  O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires.  And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.  And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.  In righteousness shalt thou be established:  thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear:  and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.  Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me:  whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake.  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.  (Isaiah 54:  6-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Once We Know Better? (07/01/2016); Natural and Spiritual Law? (06/30/2016); About Other People’s Beliefs (06/22/2016); The Cross and Arbitrary Differences (06/17/2016); Sodom and Gomorrah Again? (05/30/2016); Where Society Is Headed? (01/11/2016); One Faith, One Lord? (09/26/2014); Healing is By Relationship? (09/27/2014)

 

“Bobby”, society has not degenerated so much as we have acquired greater secular knowledge, and are now being challenged to respond to issues and other Americans who have been ignored, overlooked, and rejected, yet, were calling for acknowledgment all the time.  Just as a child may receive status as a Christian by inheritance (i.e., by being born to Christian parents) and by their own water baptism that depicts death and burial of their inborn spirit, and rebirth from divine DNA, most of us are born into status as Americans.  Despite our being acknowledged as citizens, while we are minor children we are without full understanding of the cultural heritage, guiding principles, political process, and provisions by law that distinguish our Nation.  As surely as children must experience growth of their physical bodies and their inner spirit content, they also must acquire mature (i.e., balanced, complete, consistent, effective, productive, stable) understandings of the major ideas and values for prosperity, success, and survival within their family, their home, the larger society, and the world. 

Since the beginnings of our Nation, all Americans have not had the same depth and level of access, knowledge, or participation, regarding Democracy, civil rights, franchise, taxation, the three branches of America’s government, or voting rights.  There were many passionate debates and exchanges with adjustments in ones perception and position that finally resulted in the Declaration of Independence.  A goal was set and put into place that described achieving an ideal or perfect State; and, in effect, it was agreed, we may not make it, but our time won’t be wasted if we try (another leader of a revolution is credited with something similar, The journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step….). 

There is far more that could be said, must be carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, in the Bible, King Solomon complains that unfair and unfruitful aspects of life never seem to change, and there is nothing new under the sun.  In the course of meeting challenges to our continued existence, Americans at every economic, educational, emotional, psychological, and social level have had to learn, grow, and accept change.  America operates as though a living entity, and therefore, we may describe the Nation as being dynamic, empathetic, forward-looking, full of surprises, organic, and proactive.  From its beginnings America has included Africans, Christians, Europeans, immigrants, Indigenous Peoples, Latinos, migrants, non-Christians, the poor, the wealthy, and those struggling with the common “growing pains” of personal development that include sexual appetite, sexual identity, and sexual preference.  Where America will continue to be an expression of life, rather than death, America must also be careful to nourish righteousness, and the Spirit of Truth.)  Even so, I am sure this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, a PDF document (3 p.) is described discussing Federal legislation that provides necessary legal protections for people of faith who seek to live out their spiritual commitments in daily life.  Nearly unanimous bipartisan support was garnered within both houses of Congress for this law addressing restoration of religious liberty.  A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court (called Employment Division v. Smith) made it more difficult for religious believers to challenge laws that constrained their ability to live out their faith.  In that case, Native Americans were fired from their jobs because they used peyote as part of their religion.  The RFRA was intended to affirm and buttress the First Amendment of the Constitution that guarantees the free exercise of religion.  Twenty states are reported as having adopted their own versions of RFRA, and another eleven states have similar provisions in place provided by state court decisions.  RFRA is reported as supplying a balancing test when the government attempts to restrict the free exercise of religion.  In general, RFRAs help people of minority faiths who cannot secure legislative exemptions for specific practices maintained among themselves.

 

THE KINGS SPEAR:  I am continuing to review documents posted in the “Bishop’s Advocacy Activity on Religious Liberty” page at the Internet site of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB).  The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty has published a “must read” PDF document on the Federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) [http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/upload/Why-the-Religious-Freedom-Restoration-Act-Works.pdf].

The Federal law enacted in 1993 under Bill Clinton is described using a Q&A format that presents the following six questions:

1. Does RFRA provide a “license to discriminate” against gay people?

2. What are the safeguards built into RFRA?

3. Why is any RFRA necessary at all?

4. Since there is already a federal RFRA, why do states need their own?

5. Who really benefits from RFRAs?

6. What is the impact of RFRA on current debates over “same-sex marriage” and laws prohibiting “sexual orientation” and “gender identity”
discrimination?

See Why the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Works/The Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, April 07, 2015.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass, that after three days Paul called the chief of the Jews together:  and when they were come together, he said unto them, Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of our fathers, yet was I delivered prisoner from Jerusalem into the hands of the Romans.  Who, when they had examined me, would have let me go, because there was no cause of death in me.  But when the Jews spake against it, I was constrained to appeal unto Caesar; not that I had ought to accuse my nation of.  For this cause therefore have I called for you, to see you, and to speak with you:  because that for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.  And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee.  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:  for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.  (Acts 28:  17-24, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Human Law, Divine Favor? (03/23/2015); The American Covenant? (03/03/2015); On Christians Being Inclusive? (07/16/2014); War and Peace (07/17/2014); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); The Crux of the Matter (10/26/2012); Women Ordained to Minister? (10/27/2012)

 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood.  (For example, members of minority faiths in the U. S. (e.g., Baha’i, Hindu, Muslims and Sikhs) and those operating family-owned businesses must have further protection through the law when their beliefs continue and promote practices in opposition to state or local antidiscrimination laws.  Their legitimate conscientious objections may appear as expressions of “unjust discrimination,” yet, are exactly what is intend when America speaks of religious freedom protected by strong law.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

American freedoms, establishing nations through secular agreements and contracts, religious liberty, and violence by terrorists are in view, today.  The excellence of America among the many nations of the modern world continues to derive from its facility for focusing multiple streams of community and shared value even incorporating dissent as a tool to increase benefit and maintain stability.  In the same way practices and principles from the empires of Babylon, Greece and Rome have been  woven into the fabric of American life, through Native American, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Hindu and even Islamic believers, many aspects of divine law, sacred knowledge, and eternal purpose recorded in various holy writings are continuously acted upon and blended in on a day-to-day basis as the practical performance of “democracy in action.”  Thus, our determination as Americans to maintain a secular nation that also acknowledges the spiritual desires and needs of its diverse population also can be traced to teachings from the Bible that declare the duty and purpose of mankind as caretakers for the earth who are to be fruitful, multiply, protect and replenish.   Consider again:  Psalms 115:  16 (KJV) The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s:  but the earth hath he given to the children of men.  Psalm 62:  10 (KJV) Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery:  if riches increase, set not your heart upon them.  Ecclesiastes 5:  8 (KJV) If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter:  for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.  Also, Matthew 20:  25-28 (KJV) 25 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.  26 But it shall not be so among you:  but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;  27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:  28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Dances With Labradors” (Level 6 with 12,708 points, a member since September 04, 2009) posted the following:

 

If Muslims would cut our throats given the chance, are we really obliged to honor their religious freedom in the US?

Throughout the Muslim world, non-Muslims are severely persecuted. Do you really think it is important to protect the religious freedom of Muslims?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:   Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God:  the powers that be are ordained of God.  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God:  and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain:  for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.  For for this cause pay ye tribute also:  for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.  Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:  for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.  For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:  therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  (Romans 13:  1-10, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Agents of Allah? (01/26/2015); Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); To Live As a Sacrifice (03/08/2014); GOD in Schools? (12/20/2012); Naaman the Leper (12/21/2012); Holiday Displays? (12/07/2012); An Attack Upon Creation? (12/08/2012); Mob Rule and Violence (09/27/2012); Suppose I Am Wrong? (09/28/2012); No Free Will (10/19/2010)

 

“Dances With Labradors”, the United States of America exists as a covenant agreement shared by men, women, and children bound together as separate sovereign states and territories.  Because the U. S. was founded on the basis of political science as well as personal codes of honor and spiritual belief, America is not easily recognized as a collection of agreements for mutual support that continue only through the maintenance of a citizen’s word as “sacred” (we say, promise is final, sacrosanct, and is not to be challenged or broken).  There also is an unspoken  acknowledgement of Deity as the ultimate arbiter and judge both to enforce the binding contracts and to resolve all conflicts threatening final disunion.  (This is so, because the highest authority to enforce affairs of honor and promise at the Nation’s founding was generally understood to be Almighty GOD.)

Our residents and visitors are to be under the protection of law.  The blessing of religious freedom in America also has been shown the same high regard as other privileges and rights (e.g., voting to choose elected officials) in that latitude is granted every citizen to pursue their own beliefs as they agree with the fundamental and necessary law of the land in spite of (not on the basis of) cultural differences, denominations, dress codes, ethnicity, gender, family, tradition, tribal customs, specific practices, structure for governance, theological content, or wealth.

The framework for freedom employed by this Nation is not threatened by the lawful activity of those who express and make commitment to divinity.  Those individuals and groups now creating havoc within the Middle East and around the globe do so refusing to acknowledge any covenant for government upon the earth, except their own directed to create an institution (caliphate) that does not presently exist.  They acknowledge no clerical hierarchy (we say, church), men of faith, or nation as having authority, legitimacy and sovereignty over their cause.  While they proclaim themselves endorsed by holy writings, they mercilessly attack others who are neighbors and fellow worshipers of the same god they name as their own.  To the extent their focus is merely upon carnal pleasure after death (72 virgins in paradise?), those fighters have no vision of their god as a living spirit that requires rising to a level above that of the flesh.  To the extent they count themselves bound by no law except their own faith, “freedom” appears defined by appetite, emotion, and self-promotion.  They show themselves to be anti-American, self-destructive, and hopelessly ensnared by human error, politics, and sin.

Again, there is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  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

That American believers apply the Bible to themselves is the topic, today.  Also, there is more on “good intentions.”  A “Yahoo! Answers” fighter using the ID “judy” (Level 4 with 2,755 points, a member since June 12, 2014) posted the following:

 

Why do American christians think the bible is all about them?

when it is so obviously about people 2000 years ago in what is now palestine and israel. are they really that clueless or are they just that arrogant to think everything is all about them

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Good Intentions? (07/26/2014)—(5.)  Christian believers are to put aside human methods in favor of those that are divine.  For example:  Many hold that the judgment of GOD is against their enemy; yet, they fail to grasp, that because the law is impartial, they themselves also are condemned.  Thus, it is written:  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:  44, KJV).  Many take this to mean that believers are commanded to pray for those who abuse, exploit, and mistreat them.  However, the “natural technique” many rely upon to avoid bitterness against enemies, and maintain peace, is to separate from them, and not think of their enemies at all.  Hatred of others is contrary to the endowment of sacred spirit, and the divine nature deposited within us.  Many accept and are comfortable expressing hatred, because hatred does not conflict with ones own animal nature that continues to have influence until believers are perfected.  Desire, good intentions, and private opinions all pertain to self-affirmation, self-expression, and self-promotion that derive from ones animal nature, and the flesh (appetite, sensation, emotional/mental activity).  While the life, death, obedience, and resurrection of Jesus Christ establish atonement and reconciliation for divinity to flesh, there is not yet any sacred work that totally eliminates sin, or that justifies the various actions, attitudes, and behaviors conceived, and carried out by all created beings and living creatures.  The dispensation of Jesus as redeemer and savior is limited in its application, and pertains to those who accept and acknowledge his ministry and service to GOD.  More than this, endorsement by Christ is only for sacred duties and lawful works rendered in submission to GOD such as cleansing, confession, government (that would include national defense and law enforcement), healing, praise, prayer, preaching, proclamation, promise, and prophecy.  See Leviticus 20:  6, Psalms 143:  1-2, Proverbs 3:  19-23, Proverbs 14:  11-12, James 1:  16-25, Matthew 16:  24-27, 2nd Timothy 3:  1-5, Galatians 2:  16-17, Galatians 3:  22, Ephesians 2:  13-22, John 7:  16-18 and John 16:  1-3, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:    Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:  but Christ is all, and in all.  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any:  even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.  (Colossians 3:  9-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Separation of Church and State (07/04/2014); The Point of Wisdom? (07/05/2014); Finding Peace Through the Bible? (06/02/2014); Disliking Other Christians? (06/03/2014); A Personal Relationship? (04/03/2014); GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014); The Nature of Scripture (03/27/2014); Divine Sleep (03/28/2014); God Bless America? (09/12/2013); Law, Slavery and Redemption (09/13/2013)

 

“judy”, here are a few thoughts you may have overlooked regarding Christian belief:

(1.)  While in the Scriptures thousands of lives are depicted over the course of thousands of years (a divine point of view), the Bible is all about divinity.  On the one hand, all Christians are to understand that the holy writings document the appearance and workings of GOD among mankind upon the earth, and among the living beings of heaven.  On the other hand, the things recorded are supplied as an incarnation of GOD that not only reveals and establishes the active presence of GOD, it is to provide comfort, correction, guidance, and instruction whereby created beings and living creatures may have ongoing fellowship, and be in intimate relationship with GOD.

(2.)  Through the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, political franchise, local laws, and provision for human rights, America has been a safe haven for those committed to Christian belief, and others seeking opportunities for spiritual growth and religious liberty.

(3.)  For all believers, everywhere (Great Britain, France, Spain, etc.), the same Bible serves in the process of GOD to make forces and influences recognizable that are otherwise invisible.  Rather than finite tools of algebra, intellect, logic, mathematics, philosophy, reason, and science, the living must use discernment (i.e., apply their own spirit content as a standard that allows one to recognize and respond to spirit content in life experiences such as events, messages, objects, and other persons).

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  While the living have limited authority and control within the divine operations of atonement, forgiveness, judgment, redemption, salvation, and sanctification, believers are endowed and reinforced through sacred gifts that include the Bible, divine law, the body (congregation) of believers, sacred practices (we say, sacraments), and the imparted Spirit. For both flesh and spirit to continue throughout eternity, they must cooperate now on the basis of such elements as divine love, faith, trust, and understanding.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC