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‘Foetuses exposed to garlic in the womb are more likely to prefer garlic in later life.’ Photograph: Steve Allen Travel Photography/Alamy (see reference below)

 

Today, topics include conception, prophecy, the stages of human development, and the divine new creation. For the collection of embryonic cells that will exist as the foundation for a living child, there are many spirit elements and unseen features that are put in place long before the moments of birth. The child becomes a focus for concern, desire, relationship, and self-expression for both parents long before emerging as a new life. Other features and patterns consistent with human life appear including appetite; awareness and self-will; the affection, permanent bond, love, and mutual consciousness of one another between mother and child; inheritance; instinct; personhood; life possibilities such as future accomplishments, hopes (expectations); ability to recognize and respond to signals from the mother for entering the birth canal and leaving the womb as well as participation in patterns of ethnic and cultural expression. A fighter in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile was shared) posted the following:

 

Is a fetus alive? Is a fetus a life?

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2: 21, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: Sacred Ministry or Parenting? (05/10/2018); We Begin Within GOD (02/06/2018); Circumcision of Infant Boys (12/11/2017); Baptism and “the just” (10/05/2017); Choice, Duty, and Obligation? (11/17/2016); Of Such Is The Kingdom (09/01/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015); About “The Just” (10/29/2014); Antidotes to the Poisons (10/30/2014); Son of Adam and of GOD? (06/16/2014); Focus of Believers? (06/17/2014)

 

Anonymous, new babies are joined to continuing streams of life and truth that have preexistence; thus, you may be willing to agree to the following: Developing Christian believers are challenged to acknowledge that life exists within a child and its mother long before the event of the child’s birth. The child is first conceived and appears as tissue being multiplied and reproduced that later presents as a separate organism attached by the umbilical cord to the walls of the mother’s womb. Because stages of growth for a child are described using academic, medical, and scientific language to preserve an attitude of objectivity, new babies tend to be spoken of first as though they are no more than the content of a test tube, a bacterium, a parasite, a specimen or a virus. Despite the detection of a regular heartbeat for the new child, many continue to hold that so long as the child receives food and oxygen from the maternal host through the cord, the child may not be accounted as having been born, as having human integrity, or as having life as an individual.

For mature Christians, divinity is the origin for all existence and life. Included are the character, makeup and traits the living display; potential for animal, human, and divine expression; eternal purpose; and the array of possibilities that exist for created beings and living creatures. In the same way divinity has responded to and made use of the carnal traits and patterns of social inheritance that exist among men, GOD also uses the living as instruments and vessels having fresh endowments of inseparable spirit substance from the makeup of GOD (e.g., faith, holiness, lovingkindness, personhood, oneness without sameness, wisdom, wrath against sin). Rather than rely on finite tools of intelligence, logic, carnal reason and secular knowledge, all believers are encouraged to consider such unchanging truth and instruction as the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Genesis 25: 21-26, King James Version (KJV): 21 And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. 22 And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. 23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. 24 And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. 25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. 26 And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them.

2. Hebrews 11: 8-16, KJV: 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

3. Jeremiah 1: 4-10, KJV: 4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

4. Psalms 131: 1-3, KJV: 1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. 2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child. 3 Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 5. Romans 8: 5-9, KJV: 5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.) 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 infant baptism, the just, and the inclusion of small children within the body of Christ.  Divine law is not invested within a newborn child as intellect and secular knowledge so much as through self-will.  (Saying this another way:  Romans 5:  13, King James Version, KJV:  (For until the law sin was in the world:  but sin is not imputed when there is no law.)  Where the objective of baptism is understood as the establishment of a personal relationship between the Creator and the created, baptism involves the emanation and putting forth of spirit substance that includes sovereign will from the makeup of divinity.  Also deposited are sacred consciousness, existence, faith, holiness, lovingkindness, person, and the will to live.  By election, grace and divine prerogative, then, children have place as sons and daughters of GOD on the basis of their spirit content imparted from Deity without also having performed various “religious” deeds, prayers, service, and good works.  The possibilities and purity of children are imputed as well as imparted.  One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information supplied) posted the following:

 

Is luke 18:16-17 teaching we have to receive the kingdom of God as a child like infant baptism?

16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.  (Romans 4:  7-8, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Dead While We Live? (02/02/2017); Spirit Content From GOD? (09/26/2016); Of Such Is The Kingdom (09/01/2015); To Foster Godly Sorrow (03/11/2016); Asking For Answers From GOD? (05/21/2015); Going to Church Before Baptism? (05/05/2015); Babies Given A Second Life? (01/25/2015); About “The Just” (10/29/2014); Antidotes to the Poisons (10/30/2014)

 

“Anonymous”, here are some points that many Christian believers have found useful for avoiding error and spiritual confusion when considering baptism for babies, small children, and those having special needs.  Some insist that baptism is a public act from personal choice and self-will (we say, voluntary).  Therefore, to be baptized, a person should be at an “age of responsibility” as with secular activities like drinking alcohol, driving, and voting for elected officials.  Among Christian congregations the age of responsibility varies from 8 to 25 years old.  Those who argue to exalt finite human nature and “free will” often despise baptism as an act of formalism (commitment to the letter of divine law, yet not its spirit), and a foolish act of surrender (acknowledging the sovereignty of GOD).  Others, accept models that appear as practices and principles recorded in the Scriptures.

Baptism can be understood as an aspect of identity and spiritual inheritance received through ones parents such as circumcision, citizenship within the divine kingdom, practice of sacraments within the home, and the sharing of sacred knowledge.  More correctly, baptism is an operation of the Holy Spirit like the founding of heaven and earth.  In the same way, a newborn child is not required to choose his birth parents, his birth order, or such physical characteristics as gender, there nonetheless are multiple life conditions inherited from Adam and their ancestors that will continue throughout the child’s own lifetime, and that should be correctly addressed with the child’s very beginnings.  Included are prenatal care, vulnerability to sickness and disease, mortality, and divine wrath against sin.  There is no demand that a fetus or infant choose their standing with GOD; however, their caretakers are accountable for the child’s survival and well-being, and should acknowledge the child’s initial spiritual condition as one of the just (the Lord’s justified ones).  The just are accounted as blameless and having committed neither good deeds nor bad.  Should the child die before being weaned, learning to walk and talk, or enroll in school for secular instruction, their acceptance with divinity has been established by GOD as a “free gift“” (we say, blessing).  Believing is an act of faith or an act of will, and would qualify the child as coming to GOD through works, not grace.

The process of salvation is divine, is not a “one-time” event, and does not rely on the content of human awareness and self-will (willpower).  Salvation goes forward as revelation (i.e., discovery, edification, gradual growth, and continual learning) that makes visible the active presence of GOD, his eternal purposes, and the diverse expressions of his unchanging nature and will.  Congregations and communities of faith that promote infant baptism often also will practice confession of commitment to Christ, confirmation, and public enrollment as a mature believer once a member “comes of age.”  Consider the following:

(1.)  Romans 6:  3-6, King James Version (KJV):  3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death:  that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:  6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

(2.)  John 1:  10-14, KJV:  10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.  11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.  12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

(3.)  Romans 9:  8-16, KJV:  8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:  but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.  9 For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sarah shall have a son.  10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;  11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)  12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.  13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.  14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.  15 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.  16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Romans 8:  5-9, KJV:  5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God:  for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.  9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.)  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, formal and informal use of the word “faith” as well as mature Christian belief are considered.  The definition and meaning of “faith” for those who are born again emerges from divine existence as immortal, the operations and active presence of divinity on the earth, and the ongoing fulfillment of sacred proclamations, promises, prophecies, and revealed eternal purposes.  Salvation is a work by  divinity that uses the operations of faith that has been bestowed and provided because of grace, divine love, and sovereign prerogative.  At first, a sinner apprehends salvation as a condition through deposits of Spirit from GOD that are only an earnest or installment of what is to be their full divine endowment.  Thus, salvation may appear to be incomplete, lacking full authority, and partial.  In the Advent (some say, Rapture, the harvest, the resurrection, the Second Coming) salvation will be confirmed as complete, eternal, and as having been in full operation.  The fighter at “Yahoo! Answers (India)” using the ID “?” (Level 2 with 605 points, a member since May 13, 2016) posted the following:

 

Faith is just an exuse to do bad things; True or False?

For example, I heard some Christians say “It’s perfectly reasonable for God to allow the stabbing of innocent babies with swords because they get to go to heaven when they die.” I even had read it in a Study Bible.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;  And having an high priest over the house of God;  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:  and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.  (Hebrews 10:  19-27, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Sharing The Correct Message (01/30/2017); Salvation By Faith Alone? (01/19/2017); Are All Religions Acceptable? (01/11/2017); How To Get Faith? (10/10/2016); Simple and Mature Faith (09/05/2016); Christ Coming Soon? (10/16/2015); The Soon Return of Jesus? (01/05/2015)

 

“?”, do not be deceived, faith is not bestowed by GOD as a tool for excusing error, escaping divine judgment, self-justification, or self-promotion.  Nowadays, the word “faith” often is used to describe various formal and informal systems of belief intended to explain such features of life experience as causes, judgments of right and wrong, origins, purposes, and suffering.  For many mature Christian believers “faith” is one of various spirit substances within the full makeup of GOD, and, therefore, is inseparable from holiness, hope, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, and wrath against sin.  With this in view, it should make sense that Christian faith pertains to everlasting existence and eternal life more than to condemnation of GOD by created beings and living creatures, their outrage against the condition of existing as finite and dependent upon frameworks of time and space as well as to human resentment for the short duration and severity of life challenges.  Divine faith is active as the origin and source for a full range of inward, sacred life experiences that include conviction, desire, emotion, expectation, forbearance, forgiveness, rebirth, and sanctification.  Rather than a focus upon error and sin, faith centers on the possibilities for blessing and the quality of life granted to sinners when they become part of the “new creation” by GOD through Jesus Christ.  Consider again the following:

(1.)  Galatians 2:  20, King James Version (KJV):  20 I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

(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.)  1st Peter 1:  3-9, KJV:  3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

There is far more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  1st Thessalonians 5:  7-10, KJV:  7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.  9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,  10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.)  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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Points are shared, today, on the antidotes believers must use to overcome the various poisons that come against their divine nature, and their enjoyment of life experience upon the earth.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Justin” (Level 1 with 26 points, a member since March 04, 2013) posted the following:

 

Im a Christian but afraid to live and enjoy life?

I’m 25 a Christian. I know God gave us life to enjoy. I’m scared to enjoy life because im scared to go to hell.. Is it OK to be a Christian and still enjoy life?

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  About “The Just” (10/29/2014)—(4.)  The just are instruments for accomplishing the divine will.  Because the life processes for birth and death among mankind are generally the same as those found among animals, birds, insects and other living creatures upon the earth, many fail to discern the various spiritual operations carried out by GOD that install and nourish the divine nature.  Believers are to be further transformed in their consciousness by the perfect example of the just in their display of unquestioning acceptance of brevity for life, in their absolute dependence for mercy in judgment, and in the lingering emotional and psychological power generated by their active though finite presence.  The mysteries of divine person and the integrity of GOD as sovereign over all created beings and living creatures are further crystallized and revealed through a peculiar demonstration of existence distinct from “life” as a social process.  All things that exist do not contain life meaning a personal spirit essence from the makeup of GOD.  The divine nature established through the sacred operations and word of GOD appearing as Jesus Christ are not the products of human nature, and the will of mankind.  Included are baptism, covenant, death, rebirth, inheritance, judgment, forgiveness, law, repentance, and sanctification.  See again Psalms 127:  3, Isaiah 57:  1-4, Isaiah 54:  17, John 1:  1-5 and 11-14, 2nd Peter 1:  2-4 and 16-21, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  (Romans 12:  1-2, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Why Were We Sent Here? (07/21/2014); An Eternity Worshipping? (07/22/2014); Grace is Not Against Law (07/23/2014); Denying Oneself (05/17/2014); From Such Turn Away (05/18/2014); GOD Does the Divine Part (01/05/2014); Sin in Mind not Deed? (01/06/2014)

 

“Justin”, here are a few points Jesus would have you consider that nourish spiritual growth among Christian believers:

(1.)  Sin is a non-material, non-spirit influence that opposes the continued existence of divine law, the law giver, and the Creation that emerges by divine order grounded through sacred law.  Sin was not created by GOD, yet, was first discovered among the holy angels.  Sin may dominate awareness and self-will in all created beings and living creatures that have not been permanently “re-born” with new sacred content from GOD made available through the ministry of Jesus Christ.

(2.)  Volition (we say, will) within mankind is essential to the integrity of independent existence, and expression by human beings.  The antidote to such poisons as doubt, fear, ignorance, slander, and superstition that warp expression of ones divine nature are to be found through sacred knowledge, fellowship within a community of believers, regular prayer, and purposeful activity in service to GOD and Christ.  The many covenants, proclamations, promises, and prophecies provided to mankind are buttressed and reinforced with sacred events (we say, miracles) that serve to authenticate the presence and operation of GOD.

(3.)  Hell and the lake of fire have not been created in order to destroy divine substance that responds to the will of divinity.  For all humans, the “carnal mind” is enmity against GOD, and is not subject to the law of GOD.  From cradle to grave, the flesh necessarily responds to the natural mechanics of appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, sexual cravings), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, touching) and emotional/mental functions (e.g., anger, desire, imagination, recall).  These can become a spiritual center and core of ones being in such a way that GOD is “forgotten,” and the most necessary connection for existence is effectively broken.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (4.)  Among Christian believers life is not to be centered in such displays as worldly ambition, spiritual confusion, continual drunkenness, fornication, or lying.  Believers must understand and accept that their lives are now caught up within a process having divine origins, and intended to accomplish eternal purposes.  Sudden and cataclysmic change are being avoided; and the operations of GOD go forward as correction, gradual growth, learning, perfection (we say, maturing), and sanctification.  Along with balance and focus that one must exercise as “good judgment,” there also must be respect to GOD both as ones advocate as well as ones judge.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Let it be unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a word is shared to heal blindness regarding the value to GOD of minor children in their death.  A fighter at “Yahoo! Answers Canada” using the ID “Derek” (Level 2 with 387 points, a member since August 21, 2014) posted the following:

 

Over nine millions children under the age of 5 die each year. Is god great?

Update : *Isn’t god great

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Yet say ye, Why? doth not the son bear the iniquity of the father? When the son hath done that which is lawful and right, and hath kept all my statutes, and hath done them, he shall surely live.  The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son:  the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.  But if the wicked will turn from all his sins that he hath committed, and keep all my statutes, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall surely live, he shall not die.  (Ezekiel 18:  19-21, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  How Can Christians Believe? (08/12/2014); The Sin of Pride? (08/13/2014); Herod the Great? (06/29/2014); A Formula for Baptism? (06/30/2014); That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013); Going It Alone? (12/16/2013); Issues for Children’s Church? (04/06/2013); Outgrowing Childhood Prayers? (04/07/2013); A Slaughter of Innocents (12/15/2012); Signs of Messianic Belief? (12/16/2012)

 

“Derek”, Jesus Christ is answering you to open your blind eyes.  Your focus has been darkness and death, and so you are failing to see the beauty and blessing of GOD upon those whom he justifies.  Consider the following points shared among mature Christian believers:

(1.)  Those who die as minor children (including fetuses), who may have received no formal instruction regarding the things of GOD, are nonetheless endowed with spirit content from the makeup of divinity.  Such are called the just, and they are carried into the necessary judgment of GOD supported through the dispensations of divine grace, forgiveness, and love.

(2.)  While children must be embraced as extensions of Adam, and vessels of the sin nature, death does not come against them as punishment so much as a mechanical feature within the natural order.  Children also must complete mortality (now a condition of material duration upon the earth).  Their experiences of death may describe agony, pain and suffering no different than that for adults.  However, as for adults, the basis of their judgment is not so much their own attitudes, behavior and conduct as it is their spirit content from divinity.  We all will be examined for such inseparable aspects of GOD as active presence, faith, forgiveness, holiness, humility, joy, longsuffering, wisdom, and wrath against sin.

There is far more to be said, correctly understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (3.)  The just will be altered and changed (we say, transformed) through operations of GOD, made immortal and incorruptible on the basis of qualities found in Jesus Christ.  What the world (society) calls “innocence” or “purity” is measured by such standards as experiencing conflict within relationships, exercising a conscience that may become flawed, acquiring worldly knowledge (and therefore, ignorance), displaying infirmity (we say, weakness), or pursuing human sexuality.  The perfection of Christ centers in a perfect peace and unity with GOD the Father and the Holy Spirit.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  In the name of Jesus be healed, and see with new eyes.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Today, a collegian asks about attending church functions unaccompanied; and there is more on how divine love continues despite the death of children.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Pat Robertson” (Level 2 with 477 points, since December 4, 2013) posted the following:

Is it weird to go to church by yourself?

Especially if your a college student. Theres this college ministry tonight and I dont know anyone there but I want to go. I have aspergers and o dont know if I should go because idk what it will be like.

THE BATTLE AXE:  That Mortal Children Die? (12/15/2013)—The operations of flesh are material and mechanical in nature, and substance; and mortality requires completion with a “coming into harmony” necessary to eternal demands and imperatives.  The tool of death has been shown to fulfill divine intent, and, so is not contrary to sovereign authority, divine love and sacred purpose.  Those who are experiencing the heart of GOD, and are covered within the depths of GOD’s love through Jesus Christ, know as a certain and inarguable truth that GOD is hurt by the death of the just, and those that are innocents.  Because of his majesty and power, the Almighty endures a great burden and sense of loss for all who die.  Even so, duty and responsibility require continued divine restraint, separation, and the outworking of things already begun from the foundation of the earth and the heavens.  (See again Ezekiel 18:  31-32 and 33:  11-20, 2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, Romans 5:  1-21 and Hebrews 2:  14-15, KJV.)

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.  O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!  Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.  I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.  I will keep thy statutes:  O forsake me not utterly.  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.  With my whole heart have I sought thee:  O let me not wander from thy commandments.  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  Blessed art thou, O LORD:  teach me thy statutes.  (Psalms 119:  4-12, KJV)

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Never Taught It? (10/13/2013); Without Pointing A Finger? (10/14/2013); A Relationship not Just Knowledge? (06/25/2013); Lost Without GOD? (06/26/2013); Struggling? (05/11/2013); Through Much Tribulation (05/12/2013); Jesus Lives! (05/04/2013); Experience Is Not Evidence? (05/05/2013); Church Mandatory? (05/06/2013); A GOD of Love? (05/07/2013); Life Given By Knowledge? (04/03/2013); A Spirit Church? (04/04/2013)

“Pat Robertson”, may I share a few thoughts based upon my college experience, and life as a Christian believer since a minor child of eight?

(1.)  All of your own personal goals and purposes at this stage in your life require that you change by learning, growing, and developing necessary strength to fearlessly and independently make sound adult decisions.  Because you are already anchored in meaningful beliefs and understandings, you do not have to shrink from new challenges and new situations.  Like Christopher Columbus, you may go forward and sail on a broad sea as an explorer charting and mapping the way for others; yet, only as you continue to acknowledge the guiding stars that are the life line connecting you with your home port.

(2.)  You are not at fault for needing confirmation and information, for simply being curios, or for wanting companionship with other believers.  However, a person should be called “remiss” and in error when they fail to grasp that they have a duty as a follower and disciple of Jesus Christ to comfort other believers with the things from GOD they are receiving; build up the body of believers; encourage others to take decisive and godly action (we say, exhort); to make unselfish sacrifices (we say, love); and to proclaim the Gospel (we say, spread the good news).

There is far more to be said, correctly shared, and spiritually understood.  For example, (3.)  Believers are only without joy that comes from GOD (or “by themselves”) when they fail to “see” that it actually is present.  Ones attention and gaze can be directed away to such elements as fears, needs, problems, sensations, and wounds. The evidences that you are not alone, and that you continue in the divine presence are bestowed upon believers through baptism and confirmation, and reside within you as the imparted, indwelling Spirit of GOD.  This evidence does not “come and go,” however, our awareness of their action and operation may.  Thus, believers hold to promises and truths from GOD that serve as anchors that express abiding faith.)  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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