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-Genesis 3:1 What does it mean that the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field?

The original for 'subtle'.in the Bible here.is 'cunning in a bad sense', that is, to do hurt. The devil was in a physical serpent then. His job is many folded, but his purpose is definite.
 


-Ecclesiastes 7:14 "In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider; God also has set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after."
   What does this mean?

The verse is saying to keep your mind on the present and don't allow the past to rob you of this. Also, don't allow worry over the future, allowing it to affect your present state of mind. 

The."days of adversity".are for serious consideration by you, asking yourself some questions about what brought adversity into your life and what you can do about it and how to make sure it doesn't come again.

The."finding nothing after".refers to man not finding anything to blame God or anyone else, once he arrives at an overstanding of God being all there is, that is, after."considering God’s work".(verse 13), one comes to see that God is responsible and in control of absolutely everything in the physical universe:.Ecclesiastes 7:10; Romans 3:4. And it's all for our learning, for example, if one doesn't know about the better pathway of higher consciousness, he couldn't get himself onto it and away from the evil pathway of life?

It means all there is, all we are here for, is to choose between the choices of living good or evil, to choose the high consciousness way of the Creator or to remain at the low consciousness state we have been in all our lives, the mistake prone state. Apart from considering and experiencing contrasts of life, what is important is living in the present, because the past, present and future all are static, so why draw in past negatives to your life providing your future with them as well, by worrying? Live in the moment as best you can, negotiate life using the contrasts you see and the future will take care of itself and past negatives will lack room to impinge upon the present. One finds eternity in the present.

In the coming world, the contrasts that separate man from man and man from nature will be gone, such as shown in.Isaiah 11:6-9.

In eternity there are no contrasts with evil things, as evil will be gone. Contrasts such as love/hate, health/sickness, generosity/greed, harmony/anger, etc. will finally be things that have passed. Eternity is unity of good. Contrasts today are for time experiences here on Earth. And why?

The Everliving Infinite One has a purpose for each and every one of us, whether called now to be awakened to Him or not. He arranges things in life so that none of us get to rely too heavily upon the self, as He knows.(1John 3:20).that only in Christ, is there the real life.(as the subject on 'Righteousness' brings out), both now and on into eternity.

The advice is that, when things begin to go wrong, consider the attitude of pride we had in joyful times that made us think that we were just great; that all things began and ended with us, that things were so good that we felt they would never end.

The scripture is talking about the self of each of us, of which over concern with can override an attitude of kindliness toward others. Kindness is one of the high consciousness constructs.
 


-Matthew 7:22,23 How can people do wonderful works and still be iniquitous, as it says here?

Iniquity is unrighteousness, as the original means; also the original means to be without law. What law is Emmanuel meaning? Verse 12 tells us.

And, what is unrighteousness? We know it's sin:.1John 5:17 "All unrighteousness is sin....." And sin is 'missing the mark' in the original texts. Missing the mark of what? The high standard of the gift of righteousness one has by belief.
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-Matthew 12:37 "For by your words you'll be justified and by your words you'll be condemned.".Why are we either justified or condemned by our words?

Justified means 'to be made righteous'. How?
   Without accepting Christ as our Saviour.(meaning we choose the road of living that has as its base, the principles of higher consciousness; begin to understand what Christ is, which will lead to a full overstanding), we remain in a state of separation from this intelligent higher consciousness energy we refer to as God the Creator; we remain in a state of condemnation:.John 3:19 "And this is the condemnation.(Romans 5:18), that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 5:24 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that hears my word and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death unto life." Romans 6:20 "For when you were the servants of sin, you were free from righteousness.(didn't know about it)." Romans 6:22 "But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life..(the purpose in being made free from sin, is so one can have life everlasting)"

If we accept Him.(Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Romans 10:10 "For with the heart man believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.").then all our condemnation is placed upon Him and all His righteousness is placed upon us:.Romans 5:16-19. This making us acceptable to the Father and guaranteed to be in His kingdom and having then the opportunity to be in whatever position we may qualify for.

Romans 8:1 "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Emmanuel, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."


-Matthew 18:20 Do two or more have to be in worship before Christ will be there?

Emmanuel said this before His resurrection. Now.(John 14:17).He's in you.


-In Matthew 26:65-68 and Mark 14:64,65 and Luke 22:63-65, why were they so cruel to Emmanuel?
-1John 4:17 This verse seems to mean something different in the original; comment please.

1John 4:17 "Herein is our love.(original is 'rapport').made perfect (original is 'carried through completely'), that we may have boldness.(also can mean 'confidence').in the day of.(or, time of).judgment.(original 'sundering', 'separating'; a separation from the invisible to the visible side; the One who became Emmanuel came from the invisible side, as did we); because as he.(original 'that').is, so are.(original 'to be', to exist', to occur').we in this world.".And just as Emmanuel had a purpose in coming here, so have we.

Or, to paraphrase,.'Our rapport is carried through completely, as we had confidence over the idea we held in mind, that in its own time it would come out of the invisible energy and manifest in the world for us'..Speaking here of how thoughts and their subsequent feelings create a good or a negative future for a person.
 


-What are the things men and women do that cause them to, what it says."forsake God"?.Isaiah 1:28

Isaiah 1:13-17

And what to do that's good is in verse 16,17.
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-1Thessalonians 2:16 What does it mean here."to fill up their sins alway"?

See verse 14 and 15. Always read the context if questions arise.
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-Acts 9:5 and Acts 26:14 What's it mean here to kick the pricks?

It's talking about being so stupid as to do things that cause you increased harm.

It was an expression back then. If you kick against a stick with a sharp nail on the end of it what on earth good did it do for you?

Barnes Notes:."The expression is derived from the action of a stubborn and unyielding ox, kicking against the goad, a stick with a sharp iron on the end of it. And as the ox would injure no one by it but himself—as he would gain nothing—it comes to denote an obstinate and refractory disposition and course of conduct, opposing motives to good conduct.".Another interesting is the dog and the nail.


-1Corinthians 1:27,28.Does this mean that the Creator only wants the idiots of the world?

The Creator will eventually have all in his spiritual kingdom, but at this time is only adding a few, those regarded by others of rank and wealth to be inferior, those so steeped in their selfish lives, they wouldn't give you the time of day:.1John 4:5,6 "They are of the world. Therefore speak they of the world and the world hears them. We are of God. He that knows God hears us. He that is not of God hears not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth and the spirit of error." Colossians 3:2 "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.(Matthew 6:19-21)." Galatians 4:3 "Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world." 1Corinthians 2:12 "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."
 
-Are we not to make judgments as it seems to indicate in Matthew 7:1,2, Luke 6:37.

It is good to judge what is going on out there as to whether or not it would provide continual comfort for you if you adopted it. It is not good to look at everything as pertaining to you as being right or wrong because right and wrong are all part of the universal oneness.

Often we blame others and situations. This is a judgment. We also declare that a flower has a wonderful scent. This too is a judgment. One is at odds.(in disagreement; in conflict).with the love frequency of the universe and the other is in harmony with it. Monitor your judgments.

Right and wrong come from one's conditioning, from one's likes and dislikes, from what has been accepted or rejected coming from words and concepts, both our own and those of others, from books, movies and personal experiences. Select only that which you feel comfortable with. The key is to know what is and what isn't comfortable.

Right or wrong is not really the question. The question is, is it useful and does it predict results that may be useful? A right direction would be one that provides something considered better, something devoid of negatives, something developed in love, something which helps and does no harm and this is true whether it's a device or a way we deal with others:.Romans 13:10 "Love works no ill to his neighbor..."Abstract.mathematics is a wonderful exercise and set of models, but the physics is in the concepts which the mathematical symbols represent and which the mathematical operations manipulate. The physics of usefulness or of what's good and helpful, that is, what's right and what isn't, is not in the mathematics itself, per se.

In life its seldom a case of what's right and what's wrong, unless the mind is made up one way or the other, because what's 'right' to one person, may be 'wrong' to another, what seems ok in one situation may not be ok in another. Rahab's example. If someone may get offended by your habits, don't flaunt them in front of them:.1Corinthians 8:4-13..(*)

It's actually a case of deciding which is beneficial for you at this time with all things you know of having been considered regarding the situation that may be at hand.

Learn discernment. You'll need it.(1Corinthians 6:2,3).as mankind was made lower than the angels, but only for awhile.

Ok to judge.John 7:24; John 8:15,16; 1Corinthians 4:5.

Considerations in making judgments 1, 2, also John 5:30.
 

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