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Historian Carter G Woodson

Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Historian

 

Today, some thoughts are shared for Black History Month, 2019. As evidenced by the removal of Civil War statues, and the changing of names for public office buildings, schools and major thoroughfares, many forward-looking American communities and institutions are now in a full transition to acknowledge the War Between the States and its influence on the expression of public issues to have its greatest value as heritage and history, rather than, as before, being necessary as a vital element for mutual acceptance, solidarity, and survival while rising from the ruin of war. All Americans are being challenged to correctly grasp the true benefit, nature, and substance both of heritage, and that of genuine history. Because the minds and hearts of Christians dwell on lofty sacred themes of eternal spirit and immortality, many seem to dismiss the importance of simple earthly elements that describe the human predicament such as kinship, duty, time, and place. Even so, a physician acting as a chronicler and historian contributed two books of the Bible (the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts). The holy writings plainly establish that there are intangibles and unseen things that also must come into view because they further determine the human condition and ongoing events. Included are such features as desire, faith, hope, motivation, and willpower. Even as scholars, where we will repeatedly focus on such elements as discrimination, injustice, oppression, prejudice and racism, or upon the multiple difficulties, failures, and hardships that describe human experience, there is great danger that we may become caught up within the cycles of cynicism, despair, disappointment, and skepticism. There must be tried focus and tested order that will shield the emotional, mental, and psychological aspects of those who seek to document and preserve a lasting record to benefit future generations. Just as genuine faith will be discerned through works of righteousness, quality research will be distinguished and recognized as excellent on the basis of its robustness and rigor. There are many presentations and television documentary films, now, that are being regarded as “historical” because their intent is to expose the background of great events, of social movements, and of the sacrifices made by the great men remembered as leaders and participants. Unfortunately, the true character and substance for such productions often is that of celebrating secular knowledge, commercial advertising and selling, fostering nostalgia and sentiment, the promotion of popular culture, and the re-affirmation of questionable customs, themes, and traditions. The true goals, method, and substance of Black History are those of an academic field, a Liberal Arts curriculum, and an authentic Social Science. Thus, there are demands for clarity, exactness, objectivity, precision, and validity that may not be ignored, and are not to be forgotten. The same way educators and parents are now encouraging STEM, we also must be careful to encourage the scientific practice of History.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. (Proverbs 9: 6-11, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: A Battleaxe on War (11/13/2018); Arrayed In Sacred Favor (02/25/2018); Bloody Sunday — Black History (02/14/2018); George Washington Owned Slaves (08/17/2017); Tools For Knowing Divinity (05/12/2017); Fulfillment of His Dream? (04/05/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016); The Accounts of Giants (05/24/2016); Academic Language? (12/10/2015)

 

 

RIGOR

[Black History Month, 2019]

Because History is a science

and its method is not shaped to say

I love you

or to lionize a fashion

culture pop, legend, myth, and lore

precise expressions

focused tools

are taken up

the measurable dimensions of

mankind

through artifacts

and documents

rather than emotions

issues, feelings

there is

the disciplined search

for cause

effect

and regularity

hypothesis and theory

probe for law

case study is not satisfied

with anecdote

broadcast news report

and even oral tradition

must meet standards

that will sate the tests of time

a harvest from this field

requires seed

finite with limits

not always for forecasting and prediction

the study has its worth because

the trust is that the truth

will set you free

the study has its worth

because of rigor.

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©Michael Andrew Williams, 2019. All rights reserved.

 

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

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THE BLACK PHOENIX

Washington, DC

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Focus, today, is upon divine revelation, sacrifice, salvation, his completion of mortality, and choosing to “save” the life of Jesus.  The regular transition from day to night with its massive realignment of planets and stars is a cosmic event that moves the entire universe, yet, occurs quietly and without upheaval.  Similarly, the divine operations to establish salvation for mankind—along with the transformation of humanity to exist as eternal companion to Jesus Christ—quietly occurs at a level that involves all the forces of existence throughout time, space, and all the spheres of life.  Even so, the cross must depict the tragic depths of human loss through sin and transgression of divine law.  The agony, cruelty, and self-destructiveness that become a continuing condition for the living may only be changed and permanently altered through the active presence of divinity made visible in dutifulness, humility, obedience, and suffering.  Consider the following Scriptures and the presentation below:

Luke 23:  39-43, King James Version (KJV):  39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.  40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?  41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds:  but this man hath done nothing amiss.  42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.  43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Luke 24:  25-27, KJV:  25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:  26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?  27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Luke 24:  44-48, KJV:  44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.  45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,  46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

1st Peter 3:  18, KJV:  18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “Dantintac” (Level 6 with 14,724 points, a member since October 05, 2010) posted the following:

Christians–if you could save Jesus’ life, would you do so?

Let’s suppose you were back in Palestine roughly 2000 years ago. You find out Jesus is about to be crucified. But you have the means to save him and keep him from being crucified. But there’s a catch. If you save him, then salvation is gone for everyone. So do you save him? Or stand back and let him die?

I’ve asked similar questions before but got only a few answers. Let’s see what people say this time.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he:  hold him fast.  And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.  And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus and took him.  And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear.  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place:  for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?  In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me.  But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.  (Matthew 26:  48-56, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Only One Sent? (02/19/2016); The Scale of Salvation? (12/13/2015); Messiah and the Unthinkable? (09/25/2015); Saved by His Death? (05/13/2015); Gall Refused on the Cross? (03/20/2015); The Agony of Death? (03/22/2015); The Passion at Gethsemane (03/28/2013); Separated and Sealed? (03/29/2013)

 

“Dantintac”, through operations of the Holy Spirit, blood and truth from the cross are flowing despite time and space to here and now.  A person’s desire to intervene, or cancel the death of Jesus upon the cross does not derive from sacred knowledge, from a correct understanding of the many divine operations to benefit mankind (e.g., atonement, forgiveness, Incarnation, longsuffering, rebirth, repentance, revelation, sanctification), or from awareness of eternal purposes.  Hidden and unseen aspects of our character and personality that are finite, temporal (we say, brief, fleeting, that do not endure) and driven by features of the flesh (e.g., appetite, emotion, imagination, intellect, logic) are dominant, rather than the indwelling Spirit imparted from GOD.  Mature Christians generally agree that the appearance of divinity as Jesus Christ is crucial to preserving and recovering Creation from the operations of sin, and must occur within the frameworks of time and space to make divinity correctly known (we say, for the full revelation of GOD).

GOD is a spirit, yet, communicates and interacts with created beings and living creatures, who exist as carnal, material, and social entities.  Divine spirit can only be known through discernment and realization wherein ones own spirit content from GOD is applied to affirm and recognize oneness and unity without sameness.  The events at the cross occurred after thousands of years of preparation, wherein GOD used thousands of devices to make mankind aware of his invisible presence.  Included were angels, covenants, judgments, kings, sacred law, nations, patriarchs, promises, prophets, spokespersons, and the holy writings.  Only by passing through death on behalf of mankind could Jesus establish the everlasting kingdom.  Consider again how this is stated in the language of the Bible:

(1.)  John 10:  17-18, King James Version (KJV):  17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.  18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

(2.)  John 12:  23-27, KJV:  23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone:  but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.  25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.  26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be:  if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.  27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour:  but for this cause came I unto this hour.

(3.)  John 18:  35-37, KJV:  35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me:  what hast thou done?  36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world:  if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews:  but now is my kingdom not from hence.  37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

(4.)  John 19:  10-12, KJV:  10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:  therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.  12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him:  but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend:  whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.

There is far more to be said, understood, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (5.) 2nd Corinthians 7:  9-11, KJV:  9 Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance:  for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing.  10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:   but the sorrow of the world worketh death.  11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

New Disclaimer

 

Today, Scripture points are shared on the “basics, essentials, and must-haves” for a new Christian congregation.  More than simply an ability to express optimism, pleasantry, and positive attitudes in the midst of crises and troubles, a body of believers must contain life essence (we say, spirit) from the makeup of Deity, display the godly character and nature of Jesus Christ, and continually operate using principles given by the Creator to continue the existence and integrity of the divine Creation.  A writer at “Yahoo! Answers” using the ID “WinonaGal” (Level 7 with 32,029 points, a member since May 24, 2006) posted the following:

 

If you were starting a new church from scratch, what are your ideal must have things?

I’m trying to help out a bit. My church just had a long term minister retire and we are at a point of change. I think it might be a good exercise to ask this question and see what people want in a church.
This is a Christian Church.
Please, I’m not up for derogatory comments about my faith, be respectful.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour:  for we are members one of another.  Be ye angry, and sin not:  let not the sun go down upon your wrath:  Neither give place to the devil.  Let him that stole steal no more:  but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.  Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:  25-32, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  A Price for Religious Liberty? (06/30/2015); Respect to Our Religious Beliefs? (04/21/2015); Relationship With Our Creator? (03/16/2015); A Pillar and Ground? (04/13/2013); Palm Sunday (04/14/2013); The Right Place to Get Knowledge? (02/17/2014); Arguing Against the Bible in Church? (02/18/2014)

 

“WinonaGal”, because a congregation must operate as an instrument of divinity, its believers must all possess a correct knowledge of eternal purpose, sacred process, and the expression of divine will through law.  All must acknowledge rebirth through baptism (i.e., death of ones inborn spirit, new life from divine DNA, so to speak) with the necessary task of gradual growth for permanent change by enduring life challenges upon the earth.  There should be mutual acceptance among the members, commitment, humility, and respect.  However, friendliness, pride, self-regimen and sentiment are less vital than faith that manifests the righteousness of divine law, hope for the soon coming of Jesus, and a continuing sorrow for sins.  Consider again these admonitions and encouragements we share from the Scriptures:

(1.)  The Holy Spirit.  Romans 8:  5-9, King James Version (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.

(2.)  Confidence.  Philippians 1:  6, KJV:  6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

(3.)  Discernment.   1st Corinthians 2:  11-14, KJV:  11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.  12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God:  for they are foolishness unto him:  neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

(4.)  Gratitude.  Psalms 100:  1-3, KJV:  1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  2 Serve the LORD with gladness:  come before his presence with singing.  3 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.

(5.)  Prayer.  Acts 4:  29-31, KJV:  29 And now, Lord, behold their threatenings:  and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,  30 By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.  31 And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

(6.)  Truth.  John 16:  12-14, KJV:  12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth:  for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak:  and he will shew you things to come.  14 He shall glorify me:  for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Of course there are many more Scriptures that should be shared, correctly understood, and spiritually taken into account.  (For example, (7.)  Trust.  Psalms 22:  2-4, KJV:  2 O my God, I cry in the day time, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.  3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.  4 Our fathers trusted in thee:  they trusted, and thou didst deliver them.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC