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Fear No Evil

 

Today, mankind’s accountability for sin, sovereign grace and divine prerogative as well as definitions for “evil” and “temptation” are topics.  In the same way the word “law” appears in the holy writings with many different meanings and uses, the word “evil” has more than a single application.  Where GOD speaks of evil as a divine creation the consequences of judgment and wrath against sin should come into understanding along with the expression of divine disfavor.  Thus, divinity being the cause of disaster, calamity, catastrophe, and upheaval are spoken of more than GOD being the origin of sin, wickedness, and wrongdoing.  The living are to behold the image of GOD, and conform themselves to operations of covenant relationships, divine law, eternal purpose, and sacred will.  Regular communication, exchange, and interaction with divinity should display such features as acceptance, gratitude, humility, obedience, respect, restraint, trust, and truth.  A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers (UK & Ireland)” forum who uses the ID “?” (Level 2 with 780 points, a member since March 01, 2018) posted the following:


If god made evil (Isaiah 45:7) and made it very alluring, then how is it mankind’s fault for wanting it?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.  For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.  Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.  Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?  Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?  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?  (Romans 9:  14-24, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  His Enemies A Footstool (04/29/2018); Why Does GOD “Repent”? (04/06/2018); Adam’s Imperfection and Sin? (08/10/2017); Divine Accountability for Sin? (10/05/2016); Evil Is Not Sin and Wickedness? (12/09/2014); Divine Goodness? (12/10/2014); Evil is not Sin? (09/22/2013); Moses Killed? (09/23/2013)

 

“?”, a divine declaration is made to those in covenant relationship with GOD in Isaiah 45:  7, King James Version, KJV [I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.] that should not be taken out of its context.  This truth is to further the sacred revelation of divine fullness (we say, the GODhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit (also called the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Prophecy, the Spirit of Truth) ).  The “evil” that is spoken of is not sin, temptation, transgression of divine law, and wickedness.  Rather, divine authority is proclaimed over possibilities for catastrophe, disaster, and upheaval; the overturning of mechanical and natural laws; and the administration of what appear to created beings and living creatures as conundrums, opposing forces, and paradoxes.

GOD is to be known as the source and origin of all that exists, and that appears as the ordered Creation and universe.  GOD is the divine ruler and sovereign over all, yet, may not be apprehended by created beings and living creatures without displaying as active presence, and through directed revelation.  Mankind is accountable to divinity on the basis of having endowments of spirit content from the makeup of GOD that establish such features as consciousness, existence, life, and self-will (willpower).  Inseparable aspects of Deity are imparted to indwell all created beings and living creatures.  Included are faith, holiness, longsuffering, lovingkindness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  Therefore, the living are joined to divinity, and are to share the oneness and sameness that appears within the GODhead.

Divine judgment acknowledges the damage wrought to Creation by the operations of sin.  Sin opposes the continued existence of divine law, the Lawgiver, and divine order throughout the universe.  Sin promotes return to the conditions of chaos, flux, streaming, and spiritual confusion that existed before the founding of heaven and earth as fixed platforms within the expanse.  “Temptation” that is challenge, hardship, and trial are used by GOD to complete and finish preparation of the living that is distinct from enticing and seducing men away from mature accountability, sacred duty, and covenant responsibility.  Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

(1.)   Isaiah 45:  5-10, King James Version (KJV):  5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me:  I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:  6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.  7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things.  8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness:  let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.  9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?  10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

(2.)  Job 12:  12-16, KJV:  12 With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding.  13 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding.  14 Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built again:  he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening.  15 Behold, he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up:  also he sendeth them out, and they overturn the earth.  16 With him is strength and wisdom:  the deceived and the deceiver are his.

(3.)  James 1:  12-14, KJV:  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.  17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Corinthians 1:  18-29, KJV:  18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.  20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?  21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.  22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:  23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;  24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:  29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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Today, points are shared on life challenges, provoking divinity and self-discovery as well as divine judgment and revelation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Red ray 47” (Level 6 with 20,748 points, a member since August 23, 2009) posted the following to question the sovereignty of GOD:

So it’s ok for God to test humanity while it’s a sin to test God? Where in the bible does it says like that?

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:  and he said, Behold, here I am.  And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.  And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  (Genesis 22:  1-3, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Is Sin a Matter of Temptation? (04/22/2015); Continuously Tested (12/31/2013); Chosen To Serve As Prophets (01/01/2014); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/02013)

“Red ray 47”, divine instruction and process to reveal spirit substance often appears arbitrary, disloyal, and unpleasant.  Just as divine judgment resolves disputes by applying sacred law, judgment examines spirit content within the living, and then acknowledges and assigns eternal value.  The language speaking about temporal “temptations”, “tests” and “trials” generates spiritual confusion when held to mean “being pushed to the breaking point of ones will power,” “becoming overwhelmed by pressure to sin,” “being stripped of ones integrity and self-control,” “being drawn into wickedness,” or “having ones appetite aroused, or manipulated.” More correct, there are life challenges, opportunities for development of character, and regular courses of development that see increasing accountability, demands, knowledge, skill and privilege.  Believers are shown that affliction, hardship and suffering within the material and social spheres of the living can not eliminate or remove the hope, joy, divine love, and other aspects of power and strength imparted to believers as gifts and new life from GOD.  Believers learn to “praise their way through.”  Here are a few points from the Bible that are shared among Christian believers who now experience an intimate relationship with Deity as sons, daughters, and heirs:

(1.)  James 1:  12-14, King James Version (KJV):  12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:  for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

(2.)  Deuteronomy 8:  1-3, KJV:  1 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.  2 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.  3 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.

(3.)  Deuteronomy 13:  1-4, KJV:  1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder,  2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;  3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.  4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

(4.)  2nd Chronicles 32:  30-31, KJV:  30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.  31 Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart.

(5.)  Proverbs 24:  11-12, KJV:  11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;  12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?

(6.)  2nd Peter 2:  9, KJV:  9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (7.)  1st Corinthians 10:  13, KJV:  13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:  but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith and spiritual maturity.

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The many temptations, tests, and trials that seem to be from GOD are the topic, today.  Also, there is more on fear and GOD.  A writer using the ID “Mathan” posted the following comment at “Yahoo! Answers India” (Level 1 with 155 points, a member since 16 November 2007):

 

I believe in god and I know that I’m here for a test. But my question is why I’m continuously tested?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013)—(4.)  The process of GOD for salvation in the earth is one of divine love, rather than one of  removing resistance by use of overwhelming force.  The products of threats and violence are bitterness, bruises, injuries, resentment, and scars, never affection, commitment, faithfulness or understanding.  Like repentance, fear of the Lord and right knowledge of divine person come by revelation, and are the work of the Holy Spirit.  Balanced and complemented by holy boldness, love, mercy, and truth, the wrath of GOD against sin is not the cause, or source for fear of the Lord.  Fear of the Lord is associated with wisdom.  Curiously, it is self-awareness as finite and separate from GOD that establishes created beings and living creatures in genuine personal relationship with the Creator, carrying us beyond the status of objects and things.  Godly fear that continues right reverence is therefore of one of the highest benefits from the ministry of the Risen Lord.  See Job 28:  28, Psalms 111:  1-10, Proverbs 1:  7, Isaiah 11:  1-5 and Isaiah 33:  5-6, King James Version.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.  Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God:  for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:  But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin:  and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.  Do not err, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.  (James 1:  12-17, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Head Not The Tail? (10/21/2013); Stronger Tests for the Strong? (10/22/2013); Sacrificial Relationships? (10/23/2013); On Testing GOD (06/20/2013); GOD Grants License? (06/21/2013); Origin of Baptism (06/22/2013); Saved in Childbearing? (10/31/2012)

 

“Mathan”, here are a few points to consider that are based on Bible teachings that go along way to make things clear for many Christian believers:

(1.)  Existence for created beings and living creatures is not “a test” from our Creator intended to show the Almighty how much we know, or what actions we are capable of.  Life experience is a process of change and movement where there are many preset patterns for flow and fulfillment; and many of the challenges, difficulties, and problems encountered are in the nature of discovery, “growing pains”, and transition.

(2.)  At Creation, GOD breathed into mankind divine substance that established such features as awareness, existence, person, presence, and self-will.  The original spirit content of mankind has been altered by operations of a nonmaterial, non-spiritual influence we call “sin”.  Sin appears as a “byproduct” of separation from GOD, and may be known as an “object” of focus; however, sin has no measurable dimensions, and is not something a person may hold in their hand, or slip into their pocket.  Nonetheless, sin has direction, effect, and presence.

(3.)  Sin has not been created by GOD; and opposes the continued existence of divine law, of the Divine Law Giver, and of all things created throughout the universe of GOD.  Having no spirit content or form from GOD, sin in the living cannot be eliminated without upheaval of all divine order.  A broad array of sacred provisions are now in place to counteract and outweigh sin that include atonement, death, forgiveness, incarnation (GOD appearing in flesh), judgment, rebirth, resurrection, and sanctification. 

There is far more to be said, properly shared, and spiritually understood.  (For example, (4.)  In making things and preparing them for use (let’s say a sword) it is necessary to test (some say, “try”) them in order to discover hidden and unseen flaws.  More than this, testing is used to establish their permanent strength.  The tests provided mankind by life upon the earth do serve to clarify to us our human and spirit needs; and our life tests further give form to our personal relationship with GOD.  However, because sin may dominate awareness and self-will in all created beings and living creatures, sin cannot be immediately recognized as contrary to our own existence.  Through the ministries of Jesus Christ, fresh endowments of divine will are received by believers that equip the living to resist, and overcome sin by a new lifestyle that includes sacred practices.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Grow in grace.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  (Psalms 100:  3, KJV)

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