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Today, reply is on whether the knowledge of divinity and consciousness of the divine presence exists throughout the universe. Men upon the earth have received anointing and divine commission to proclaim promises, prophecy, and the eternal purposes of divinity as spokespersons of GOD sent to “all the world.” While many believe omnipresence (existing as active, or on hand in every location and place) and omniscience (existing as all-knowing) to be attributes of divinity, neither are among the inseparable aspects of divine fullness imparted to mankind through water baptism and rebirth whereby sinners become the offspring of GOD, joint heirs with Jesus Christ, and the new creation. Developing and mature Christian believers are to display their own fresh endowment of sacred seed from the makeup of GOD. Included as their “divine DNA” are balance, faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  It is written: Mark 16: 14-16, King James Version (KJV): 14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality using the ID “Bearly” (Level 3 with 1,286 points, a member since June 23, 2018) posted the following:

 

Do Christians believe God’s presence is made known everywhere in the universe (Is 66:1-2, Lk 1:32-33, Jer 23:23-24, Job 38:19-20)?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. (Psalms 19: 1-6, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Spiritual Confusion About Heaven (05/31/2019); The Option of Atheism (02/11/2018); Wisdom In A Mystery (11/22/2017); Making Sense of Preexistence? (10/06/2017); Time and Sacred Events? (03/30/2017); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); The Three Wise Men? (08/05/2015)

 

Bearly”, the idea of a “universe” promoted as a concept from Astronomy—the academic and secular study of planets, their moons, stars, the possibilities for the existence of extra-terrestrial life forms, and the various phenomena within outer space—should not be thought of as the “universe of GOD”, meaning the man-made World system for exchange and survival, all the earth, or the totality of Creation. Two very different systems of belief and organization of mind are involved, therefore, mixing and interchanging content from the two discrete frameworks for knowledge can result in spiritual confusion. The universe can not be both an abstraction and an organic sphere of life. Among Christian believers, time and space are not extrapolations and mathematical projections that derive from the measurable dimensions of material substance, physical objects, and the unseen fields that surround them (e.g., gravity, magnetism, radioactivity, sonic waves). Divinity as the focus for Christian believers centers on such interests as the origin of authority, existence, divine order, and sacred law; life essence (breath; spirit; word) within mankind from the makeup of the Creator (we also say, the Godhead; the fullness and sum of all spirit substance; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit); the apocalypse entailing a completion of mortality and sacred judgment; and the continuation of ongoing communication and interactions with divinity that suppress the operations of sin. GOD is held to be a diffuse spirit who displays and expresses direction, immortality, immutability, oneness without sameness, personhood, eternal purpose, and sovereign will. GOD is immortal, invisible, and without measurable form, yet, divinity may put forth material objects with patterns and sequences that serve as mechanical and natural law. The holy writings are intended to document and provide witness in tribunal (judgment) pertaining to divinity who has appeared on the earth using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. GOD appears within the consciousness and self-will of created beings and living creatures; and many are convinced that material objects influence one another and respond to GOD through operations that can not be spoken of as life, mind, or discursive thought (e.g., attracting/repelling; hardening/softening; obeying/disobeying). The word “universe” does not appear in the King James translation of the Scriptures; however, consider again the following that uses language from that presentation of the Bible:

(1.) Isaiah 55: 6-13, King James Version (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.

(2.) Hebrews 11: 1-3, KJV: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

(3.) Romans 8: 22-31, KJV: 22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (4.) Matthew 24: 6-14, KJV: 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. 10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. 14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.) 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 whether defilement and worldliness can be avoided when using social media and technology. Divine judgment against the world is not intended to discourage human creativity, industry, and inventiveness. The sin of Adam was not that they wanted knowledge and information, and sought to demonstrate their own capacity for making decisions and taking action. Rather, their error remains that the pair forgot GOD, and dismissed his expressions of commitment to them through divine law and divine love. Even within an Internet public forum dedicated to discussions on religion and spirituality there are writers who disparage, mock, and scorn others holding to long-honored belief systems from around the world. While many seek to make heartfelt statements that will clarify and demonstrate the depth of their own commitment and understanding, often their lack of instruction, practice, and focused study result in the further spread of disbelief, error and misinformation. It is written: John 17: 14-20, King James Version (KJV): 14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. 20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum who uses the ID “Susie Floozie” (Level 2 with 416 points, a member since June 18, 2019) posted the following:

 

Good morning, Christians, I have a sincere question for you. Should you avoid “worldly” things like Facebook or use them for good?

I’m in a FB war with my dad who says he “will have no part in the profane” and I asked him if the “profane” is so powerful that it prohibits his participation.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good. (Ezekiel 16: 49-50, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Watching The Science Channel? (10/17/2018); Prophets and Christian Ambassadors (08/07/2017); In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); The Right Place to Get Knowledge (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014); Putting GOD First? (06/02/2013); Need for A New Holy Spirit? (06/03/2013)

 

Susie Floozie”, spirit substance within the sons and daughters of GOD on the earth may become defiled; even mature believers may become rendered unfit to serve. Therefore, members of the church as an embodiment of Jesus Christ are to be set apart (we say, sanctified)—even where this requires one becoming accountable to others and enduring sacrifice. Mature Christians will admonish and warn developing believers to use caution regarding all manner of things that are carnal, man-made, material, and social. Our proper focus is on becoming Christ-like, mastering our spiritual gifts, and displaying the inseparable aspects of divinity that we have received from the makeup of GOD. Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. The finite products and tools of mankind themselves may become idols and the focus for awareness, emotion, and thoughts in such a way that the operations of sin will dominate ones consciousness and self-will (willpower). Such features as intellect, logic, mechanical and natural law, philosophy, science, and technology may interrupt the necessary lifestyle and daily routines vital for spiritual growth (e.g., fellowship, praise, prayer, unselfish service). Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible, and a selection from the music ministry of Steve Amerson:

1. 1st Corinthians 7: 29-31, King James Version (KJV): 29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; 30 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; 31 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.

2. 2nd Timothy 3: 1-5, KJV: 1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

3. Ephesians 2: 1-9, KJV: 1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 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.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended (for example, 4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cSwMGIhgTs&list=PLidTZOxheL6ur_E9xAPD_7FGu-n0xzuBR). Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, reply is shared on heaven as the sphere of eternal life generated by active presence and divine fullness wherein divinity exists in continuous communion with created beings and living creatures through their endowment of imparted spirit from the makeup of GOD. The character, process and substance of heaven proceeds directly from GOD, therefore, heaven is a place of immortality, incorruptibility, peace, perfection, and highest praise. Men do not die and go to heaven for rest so much as they go to heaven for further service to divinity and additional sacred works. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anomymouscutie” (Level 1 with 17 points, a member since February 18, 2016) posted the following:

 

Can someone explain heaven?

Im Muslims and I’m confused! So when we go to heaven we were told we could get whatever we want but dosent that make us greedy? We would just want more and more! I mean dosent god teach us to be thankful and not be greedy? So why is he giving us things we don’t need in heaven? And why would we want anything? I mean expensive cars and money have no value ! Thier worthless! So what’s the point in all this? Can someone explain? I’m confused!

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14: 2-3, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Places Closer To GOD (03/24/2019); Asking Questions in Heaven? (11/15/2018); According To The Pattern (09/27/2018); Heaven Temporal, GOD Eternal (12/12/2017); Paradise and The Cross? (03/07/2016); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013)

 

Anomymouscutie”, be encouraged! Here are some thoughts I can share as a Christian believer that you may find useful when considering the meaning of “heaven” or “paradise”:

Where heaven is described as an aspect of sacred knowledge within a structured belief system (i.e., catechism; doctrine; sacred studies; testimony) there are multiple practices that preserve and selectively share the original materials, mysteries, and sacred substance embedded within the patterns and themes that appear. Included may be the character and makeup of divinity; the expression of divine personhood, prerogative, eternal purpose, and sovereign will; the provision of correction, punishment, or rewards through a process of divine judgment; and alternative descriptions for the primary spheres of life (e.g., a realm of the dead; a realm of celestial presence, beauty, and perfection; a realm of torment, etc.).

2. Sinners who turn to GOD for forgiveness and change in their lives through Christian belief are encouraged to receive a fresh endowment of the same life essence (i.e., breath; spirit; word) that was imparted from the makeup of GOD to reside within the first male and female (Adam). Where one becomes “born again,” they also must “grow up again” and become mature/ripe for harvest from the earth by the Lord at his coming. Inseparable aspects of full divinity are implanted as divine DNA, so to speak. Included are faith, forbearance, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

3. There are many descriptions of heaven that are not from the major belief systems for sacred knowledge; and heaven will not be manifest as an expression of sanctified person, divine substance, and sacred process. In folklore, tradition, and creative arts, heaven may be spoken of using terms of the life process for mankind on the earth that are carnal, competitive, political, and social. Their thoughts and understandings are suited to frameworks for finite human qualities and tools such as appetite, sensation, emotion, and mind. The broad mix of ideas and themes that may appear does not always bear fruit, edify, or nourish correct understandings of divinity. Included may be lofty themes of time and space, measurable dimension and science, sorcery, superstition, witchcraft, and the occult.

4. Consider the following that uses language from the Bible to present the theme that heaven is a place where the Creator and the created both can exist having a relationship uninterrupted by the operations of sin: Isaiah 57: 15-21, King James Version (KJV): 15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. 16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made. 17 For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. 18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners. 19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. 20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. 21 There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. 1st John 4: 1-6, KJV: 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.) 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 peace as the product of divine judgment and sacred law rather than warfare, and the World as a man-made system of belief. The fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Dark Places” (Level 4 with 3,708 points, a member since September 30, 2013) posted the following:

 

This world was not designed to be peaceful, what do you think?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. (1st John 5: 1-6, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Peace Or A Sword? (01/29/2019); Be Still Before GOD? (05/20/2018); Making A Perfect World? (09/20/2017); The Peace of Christmas? (12/25/2016); The Divine Peace Process? (09/27/2016); In Not From The World? (12/26/2014); The World Passeth Away (11/12/2013)

 

Dark Places,” elements that appear within the makeup of the world system include anger, bitterness, fear, greed, exaggerated pride, and selfishness. Many Christian believers acknowledge teachings that say existence, life, the earth, and mankind have been the Creation of divinity while the world is a man-made system for human survival that relies on mechanical, natural and social law, rather than divine law and sacred knowledge. The world as a belief system promotes the use of finite tools such as logic, philosophy, politics, carnal reason, science, secular knowledge, technology, and warfare. The world generates and supports multiple finite beliefs, meanings, understandings, and values that respond to the operations of sin. Sin is no material or tangible thing created by GOD, yet, sin may dominate awareness and self-will in the living. Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and the divine order that prevails throughout the universe. The world often operates in the manner of idolatry and the worship of false gods, for the world routinely dismisses sacred truth established through the covenants and relationships provided by GOD to edify and nourish his own image within created beings and living creatures living on the earth. The substance and makeup of peace from GOD is life essence (i.e., breath; spirit; word) and sacred endowments established through operations of divine law. Peace is not the outcome of warfare, rather, peace is the outcome of judgment where value is correctly assigned, conflict is resolved, and disputes are settled by applying divine law. The peace of the world is illusory and temporal. Thus, consider the following counsel to developing Christian believers that uses language from the Bible:

1. Isaiah 26: 7-12, King James Version (KJV): 7 The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just. 8 Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee. 9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 Let favour be shewed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 11 LORD, when thy hand is lifted up, they will not see: but they shall see, and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of thine enemies shall devour them. 12 LORD, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.

2. Luke 12: 29-31, KJV: 29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. 31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

3. John 3: 16-21, KJV: 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. John 14: 26-27, KJV: 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

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From the Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of 5 children’s books for ages 9-12 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, published 2003-2004.  I first mistakenly took this plate that describes the Phoenix as being from Audubon.

 

 

Today, personal testimony is shared on the value to Christian believers of idolatry, mythology, and alternative belief systems (e.g., Buddhism, Hindu, Islam).  The mature Christian asserts that what he speaks and thinks are products from the operation of GOD within man, yet, accepts personal accountability for his use of the gifts and endowments from GOD.  All are challenged to apply and be fruitful through autonomy, balance, boldness, focus, restraint, and self-government.  Readers who have followed the development of my written works from the 1970’s have seen that, for me, mysteries of the phoenix come into view that include the Incarnation of divinity, rebirth through fire and judgment, immortality, and the apprehension of sacred wisdom.  The truest forms of divine wisdom instruct against such elements as anger, fear, hate, love of death, exaggerated pride, prejudice, and presumption.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” forum using the ID “Yaw Jian fong” (I have “jian fong” translated as “see that Bhudda” — Level 5 with 7,423 points, a member since November 16, 2010) posted the following:


How should Christians deal with mythology-related things?

What I mean is anything related to the myths of any culture or religion, from gryphons (Greek) to medieval European legends and the Ramayana (Indian). They are “myths” because they are usually about subjects that are not true, but were so treasured by their cultures for making their histories somewhat more interesting.

However, mythology also contains certain elements that are unacceptable to Christian laws, such as other gods and spirits, idolatry, and mysticism. How should Christians deal with such things, including Christians who enjoy mythology-related matters?

Should they use them with caution, or completely avoid them for compromising their beliefs?
Update: I prefer that the Christians should answer this question. Many atheists already consider Christianity itself to be “mythology”, so they do not need to answer.
Update 2: In short, are mythology-related things acceptable to Christians (as long as they do not trap themselves into believing them), or not?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  (2nd Corinthians 10:  3-5, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE  DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Fullness of GOD? (05/21/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); The Accounts of Giants (05/24/2016); The Cross and Critical Thinking? (04/13/2016); Convicted By His Humility (09/10/2015); To Study the Book of Judges (09/09/2015); The Baptist and The Tishbite? (02/18/2015); Escape from Racism (10/24/2012); Christians Who Ignore GOD’s Laws (10/25/2012)

 

“Yaw Jian fong”, here is something I will share that has not come from the Adversary.  Christians are to be “in the world,” yet, not “of the world.”  As developing believers who are not ripe (mature) for harvest by Jesus at his Second Coming (we also say, Advent, his appearing, the Rapture), Christians focus on the acquisition of sacred knowledge and spirit content conveyed through doctrine and the holy writings, and imparted through discovery, fellowship with other believers, gradual growth, learning, and ongoing sacred practice (e.g., praise, prayer, sacrifice, unselfish service, and worship).  Given that the consciousness and self-will (we also say, willpower) of Christians is transformed by operations of divinity, Christians are a “new creation” that exists on a higher plane as well as that of the world.

Following my graduation from the University of Chicago (U of C), whose registered heraldic coat of arms displays a legendary figure, (the red phoenix) as a symbol of learning and wisdom, I was privileged to teach at Federal City College, here, in Washington, DC (that is now respected as the University of the District of Columbia).  This school also uses a form of the phoenix (the firebird).  During late 1970, I decided to build a book publishing house to preserve a personal testimony as a Christian believer that would further nourish and prepare others as the body of Christ world-wide.  Being an African American, who was not able to garner necessary support after designing a system for public education of Black children when I attended school at Harvard and U of C—and understanding that for Black lives to matter, we might have to accomplish our goals and secure respect by dint of arms.  To admonish and caution those at our much touted schools of divinity and theology, oriental institutes, and seminaries who would leave me “marooned”, I chose a coat of arms bearing a black phoenix.  When appealing to educated men, such as myself, symbols in and from the world operate as a bridge to dialogue and exchange.

In addition to dramatic and legendary accounts, complete and properly configured belief systems should address the nature of knowledge and knowing; the origins of existence and life; time, space, and other frameworks that connect discrete and disparate meanings, standards, and values as well as descriptions for the otherwise invisible, unknowable and unknown actors, agents, and causes who have brought about the possibilities and things that are actual (i.e., things carnal, material, secular, and social that have measurable dimensions).

Christian belief does use parables (object lessons), verbal descriptions, and illustrations from oral traditions.  Even so, Christianity is clearly far from being founded on a platform of fables (accounts that use animals acting and speaking to provide moral instruction), superstitions, and accounts of the occult.  Every Christian begins as a sinner who must undergo a transformation that is so comprehensive and profound, believers are instructed to say, You must be born again.  Existing as a full and mature Christian requires inseparable aspects of spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, respect, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

Of course, there is far more that could be said.  (For example, according to world history (that is secular), by relying on the finite and temporal tools of mankind (e.g., emotion, idolatry, intellect, logic, carnal reason, philosophy, and science) there will never be more available in racist nations than apartheid, “Bantu education,” and the teachings that Blacks despair and hold to self-destruction nor can Black lives in America, and all lives through out the globe, be lived with freedom to explore, grow, share, and realize human potential that includes a capacity to demonstrate and display divine substance.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

Signature Mark
Washington, DC

 

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Topics today include the birth of Jesus, Incarnation, Islam, and shared peace.  In the same way XYZ should not appear as part of the number pattern 12345, correctly understood, peace is not an aspect or product of secular knowledge, doctrine, philosophy, and systems of belief.  Even so, there must be a response by awareness, desire, and self-will to operations of the spirit of peace that resides within divine person.  Peace is an inner condition and spirit content that must be projected through and upon events, life conditions, and judgment whereby conflicts are resolved and disputes are settled through law.  Accord and peace both appear as the outcomes of judgment, instead of war; and agreement only results where there first is peace.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Troy” (Level 2 with 301 points, a member since October 26, 2016) posted the following:

 

Can Christians and Muslims be at peace with each other on Christmas day?

 

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:  The Meaning of Christmas? (12/22/2016); Divine Appearances Using Form? (12/20/2016); Saying “GOD is Love” (12/18/2016); African American Christmas? (12/15/2015); The Christmas Spirit? (12/23/2014); Peace The Gift of Christmas? (12/24/2014); The True Miracle (12/23/2012); About the Star? (12/24/2012)

 

“Troy”, whether those who are in conflict against others and within themselves may experience the peace of Christmas depends on the measure of divinity they respond to that exists as part of who they are.  Mature Christian believers will acknowledge the peace of Christmas is a spirit imparted from the makeup of GOD through breath (we also say, life essence, word) that is to continually exist within created beings and living creatures.  The spirit of peace is inseparable from the many other aspects of divine substance (i.e., where you find one, you find them all; and you can not separate the “wet from the water,” so to speak.  Included are faith, forbearance, forgiveness, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, purity, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  While finite, human tools such as emotion, intellect, logic, philosophy, politics, and science will never eliminate sin, or fashion and maintain lasting peace, GOD has used the flesh, and appeared as a newborn child to embody the required completeness, gentleness, eternal possibilities, and sacred purposes that mean genuine peace throughout all Creation.  The peace of Christmas is not to be a “one-time event,” or a “good feeling” that dwindles and fades away.  All may realize the presence of Immanuel, GOD within us, and showing respect to the divine presence among and between us, know peace between the Creator and the created as well as correct reverence, right worship, and the true humanity that is from GOD. 

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.  Be encouraged!  Merry Christmas.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

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Today, some thoughts are shared to clarify differences between teachings of Christianity and Islam regarding the life of ones flesh and that of ones spirit.  For correct and full sacred knowledge as Christian believers, distinctions are made among existence (we say, continued being; duration over time; having presence as an object), life (we say, being alive; able to display and manifest self-will; having and completing mortality), and death (we say, decease; loss of ones life essence; the end of ones consciousness) as well as truths regarding resurrection (return of life to the dead) and the second death (annihilation that appears as an outcome in divine  judgment).  GOD, who is spirit in character, nature and substance is to be acknowledged as the cause, origin, and source of all that exists.  Included are things carnal, material, and social along with diverse sacred operations and processes such as atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, joy, rebirth, redemption, repentance, salvation, and sanctification.  The writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Sid” (Level 1 with 184 points, a member since June 29, 2016) posted the following:

 

Why do you think your alive if your going to die?

(Collosions 3:3)
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

(Collosions 3:3)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

ISLAM.
The Koran itself seems quite clear: “And you were dead, and He brought you back to life. And He shall cause you to die, and shall bring you back to life, and in the end shall gather you unto Himself.” (2:28).

Buddhism
Avidya (Sanskrit; Pali: avijja; Tibetan phonetic: ma rigpa) is commonly translated as “ignorance” or “delusion”.

Hinduism
He who is forgetful of the Self, mistaking the physical body for it, and goes through innumerable births, is like one who wanders all over the world in a dream. Thus, realizing the Self would only be like waking up from the dream¬wanderings.
Sri Ramana Maharshi (December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950)

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:   for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith:  as it is written, The just shall live by faith.  For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  (Romans 1:  16-22, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (09/07/2016); Must GOD Hate Sinners? (09/01/2016); Eternal Mysteries and Revelation (08/31/2016); Learning From A Spirit? (08/25/2016); Abstractions, Atheism and I.Q. (08/18/2016); Salvation Only Through Christ? (01/07/2016); Respect to Our Religious Beliefs? (04/21/2015)

 

“Sid”, where a person maintains consciousness of divinity as “spirit”, the language for life, death and reality should take on  meaning that is set apart (sanctified).  The greatest separation among the many statements for guidance to mankind that come by systems of belief such as Christianity and Islam results from how they address the existence, importance, and operation of “divinity” and “spirit” as distinct from flesh, physical matter, mind, and elements of social interaction (e.g., loyalty, respect, trust).  Mankind is conceived as existing within a sphere of life that itself is more than a stream of consciousness, and the content of his own or “someone else’s” mind (who?).

Many accept that existence goes beyond being alive, yet, those existing as “dead” are no longer in a condition or state that continues life essence (we say, the spark of life, the breath of life, the spirit) essential to communicating and interacting with the living.  Those who speculate regarding the state of the dead often place them within a very active and busy environment (an afterlife, an underworld, Hades, Paradise) where they must be alive and operate for their own survival.  Such accounts are sources of confusion, and make it more difficult to have correct sacred knowledge.  Where GOD is acknowledged as a spirit being, and the source of all that exists, a believer is also required to acknowledge there are divine operations and processes that must be in agreement consisting entirely of spirit substance, and generated from GOD who is spirit.

There is far more to be said, carefully examined, and spiritually understood.  (For example, The system (i.e., interconnected and related ideas) of Christian belief requires acknowledgement of GOD appearing in human form (Incarnation) without an altering of divinity.  Attention is directed away from angels, messengers, prophets, and spokespersons.  Apprehending Christ, men are granted experience of the Holy Spirit; and through the Spirit, the fullness of GOD the Father.  Such a truth has to extend to existence both in flesh as well as in spirit.  More than this, birth, death, immortality, incorruption, resurrection, and eternal life all would have to be defined in harmony.  Comprehension of a spirit realm that also contains all the features of carnal, material and social reality demands that the character, nature and substance of death no longer be understood relying upon frameworks such as time, space, and flesh (i.e., appetite such as hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual activity; sensation such as hearing, seeing, tasting, touching; and emotion/mental functions such as anger, fear, forgetting, fantasy, imagination, recall).  The Holy Spirit must become ones primary focus.)  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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