Today, reply is made on divine spirit being different from intellect, mind, and thought. In their discipline to remain grounded, practical and sober, mature Christian believers avoid conjecture and speculation on events and operations of divinity not revealed within the holy writings. It is as absurd and unfruitful to imagine GOD surrounded by nothing or immersed within the streams of chaos and flux as to estimate the number of years between the founding of heaven and the earth, or seek to grasp what might have been GOD’s first thought and why. There is no meaningful provision of sacrament, salvation, revelation, or the sacred knowledge essential to securing eternal life. One of the fighters at “Yahoo! Answers (New Zealand)” who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile data shared) posted the following:
What was God doing all that time before he made his first thought?
God is eternal, with no beginning. But there must have been a first thought. So was God just blank for trillions of infinite millenniums?
"trillions of infinite millenniums?" I don't know what that means either.
THE GOLDEN ARROW: The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 29: 29, King James Version, KJV)
THE DOUBLE DAGGER: GOD Revealed As One (07/12/2017); A Beginning And End? (06/01/2017); The Best Starting Point? (09/13/2016); The First Book of the Bible? (11/20/2014); The Beginning of Wisdom? (11/21/2014); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013)
“Anonymous”, to avoid spiritual confusion, most Christian believers share the revelation of GOD that is recorded within the holy writings. In the Scriptures, the Creator proclaims how he is to be known and spoken of by created beings and living creatures, and becomes “visible” by using thousands of events, occurring within thousands of lives, over the course of thousands of years. Many mature Christians agree that the character, makeup, and substance of divinity is spirit, and can not be completely and correctly known by relying only on life experiences that are carnal, material, secular, and social. Sacred knowledge and the authentic discovery of invisible spirit is only acquired by those realizing that divinity is an active presence who communicates with the living by using specific, unchanging meanings, messages, motives, operations, and values.
The living are aware and apprehend their own existence on the basis of finite elements generated by form and physical being that include appetite (e.g., hunger, thirst, cravings for sexual release), sensation (e.g., hearing, seeing, tasting, touching), emotion/mental functions (e.g., anger, fear, imagination, recall), and self-will. The existence and process of divinity are in accordance with the exchanges and interactions among diverse, inseparable divine matter (e.g., faith, holiness, joy, longsuffering, lovingkindness, righteousness, wisdom, wrath against sin). The fullness of divinity coheres as oneness without sameness, therefore, Deity appears both as the collective movements of the GODhead and as the actions by distinct persons having divine fullness (i.e., the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).
While the divine fullness has not yet been—and may never be—comprehended by relying upon the frameworks of time and space, logic, mathematics, and discursive thought, human efforts to understand divinity have included applying systems for rational order that include demystification, personification, and projections from mankind as bearing “the image of GOD.” As actors, agents and objects within relationships with divinity, mankind engages divinity through various levels of thought. However, this requires there be full acceptance of the premise that GOD is eternal spirit without beginning and without end. More than this, with and without action, consciousness, purpose, or thought (as mankind and other created beings and living creatures experience them), GOD manifests as breath, life essence, perfection, utterance, and word. Consider again the following:
(1.) Isaiah 55: 7-11, King James Version (KJV): 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.
(2.) Isaiah 58: 13-14, KJV: 13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
There is far more to be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, (3.) Jeremiah 29: 11-13, KJV: 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.
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