Let not your "heart" be afraid to read this presentation. It wasn't written by Satan. But some of it was "inspired" by the theological teaching of Satan found in the Bible
If You Want To Know Good and Evil, and Be Like Gods—Read This
3:5 For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
3:22 And the Lord God said [confirming that Satan had told the truth], Behold, the man is become as one of us [Elohim], to know good and evil . . .
I recommend the following "books of the Bible" as the sources of "scriptures" I can recommend.
Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers Deuteronomy Joshua Judges Ruth 1.Samuel 2.Samuel 1.Kings 2.Kings 1.Chronicles 2.Chronicles Ezra Nehemiah Esther Job Psalms Proverbs Ecclesiastes Song of Solomon Isaiah Jeremiah Lamentations Ezekiel Daniel Hosea Joel Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi
Matthew Mark Luke John Acts Romans 1.Corinthians 2.Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1.Thessalonians 2.Thessalonians 1.Timothy 2.Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1.Peter 2.Peter 1.John 2.John 3.John Jude Revelation
(the following Presentation was written in 2012)
If you choose to believe that there are other scriptures that are holy, or inspired, because you believe God, or an angel, or some spiritually enlightened human has made them available to the rest of us humans, then exercise your God-given freedom to learn all you can learn about those other "scriptures". They will not be included with my recommended sources of recommended scriptures.
If you are allowed by other humans to exercise the freedom that God gives to all of us to study whatever "scriptures" are available to us—and you are allowed by other humans to express your (not necessarily God-given) opinion about what you read, and are allowed to make your opinion available to the World by means of the virtually free international Internet, then show us what you believe is God's best effort to communicate with us. Those who make a living by telling us what God wants us to know can't seem to get their stories straight, or get them to make much sense in the real World.
If you are reading this with the goal of writing a rebuttal defending ancient religious "understanding" of ancient written scripture, then you probably shouldn't waste your time—it's already been done by better writers than yourself. But if you are capable of explaining why ancient religious "understanding" may have been erroneous and has been causing more problems in the World than it has minimized—then by all means take advantage of the freedom of expression that the World-wide Internet makes available.
All non-human physical species are allowed by GOD to think and act to the limit of their GOD-given instinctive capacity. Of course humans often create unnatural, confining environments which various other species are not programmed to understand or cope with due to the fact that GOD assumes most physical species will live their lives without human interference. And "fortunately" for them, that is usually what happens.
However, because God assumes most humans will live their lives with human interference from others, humans have been provided with the capability of thinking beyond the limitations of their basic instincts, enabling us to survive unnatural living conditions and relationships—such as marriage. Though the "open-ended" ability to think beyond basic instinct hasn't resulted in the improvement of marriages, it has enabled some talented humans to create steadily improving living conditions for themselves, while sharing those ideas with others who would not be able to provide much more than a simple shelter, such as a cave, using their own ability.
Regrettably, access to better living conditions is seldom shared equitably and often becomes concentrated among those with enough power to acquire vastly more than they require. Some humans who are able to acquire unimaginably lavish homes and lush environments for themselves, see no ethical problem in creating unnaturally restricted environments for those under their control. And what is worse, some unaccountably wealthy "leaders", religious and otherwise, seek to minimize the freedom GOD wants every human to have—to think and reason about why we do what we do, and why we should have to do what others tell us we have to do.
Many humans have to cope not only with tiny homes, due to the policies of those who don't, but they have to cope with minds that have been "miniaturized" by other humans who know it's easier to control "dumb sheep" than "wise serpents". In spite of the Lord's preferred level of awareness for his followers, many religious rulers seem to prefer the opposite.
10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be you therefore "wise" as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Most real "serpents", in the form of snakes, are actually as harmless as doves and couldn't harm a human if they tried. And many that can cause harm will avoid it if they can scare away a perceived threat to their own safety or escape by "running" away. Snakes instinctively act as if they are "wise" and are actually calculating and "considering every angle" before they act or make a sudden move. Conversely, some birds, such as doves and pigeons, are so busy bobbing their heads as they "prey" that they seem oblivious to the real World around them—and probably are.
Virtually all of what is becoming available on this website is directed to those of you who have allowed yourselves sufficient intellectual freedom to read and evaluate new ideas about "almost everything". You will find very few deliberate comparisons to other religious or theological belief systems here. I don't really care whether or not you believe that what you are reading here is any better than what you can read anywhere else. My goal is to slowly build a foundation of "freely given", and easily accessed material that might persuade future readers to buy the "good stuff" that I hope to publish later this year—and to understand it more easily if they do.
7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes[those who made a living producing scripture-based material].
As you may have noticed, I write my opinions about "almost everything" as if there is no alternative that makes more sense. There is nothing wrong with doing that if there is no alternative opinion that makes more sense. Of course, what "makes sense" to one person may sound like "idiotic" nonsense to another. It is not a person's opinion of his own opinions that matters—it is whether a person's opinions are beneficial or detrimental to those who believe them.
For an opinion to be considered beneficial, or be considered at all, it should usually include the "understanding" that others should feel free to think for themselves so that they can generate their own personal opinions—some of which might benefit all of us. But that's just my opinion.
Try to avoid those who's goal in life is to perpetuate ancient religious opinions that never should have survived the lifetimes of those who first gave them. You will find countless examples of such opinions and supposedly "inspired" assertions in so-called "scriptures" of every variety. If you have been reading much of what is becoming available on Xrayzr Revelations and still think that your Church's doctrinal "package deal" is the "best deal on Earth" and should be perpetuated forevermore, then stop reading this— now.
If you're still reading this, then be prepared to look at some basic theological concepts that I wish someone had put together for me almost fifty-one years ago when I was nineteen and finally began to have an interest in the "Bible" I "grew up" with, but never read; which was a "King James Version", or "KJV". I had my hands on a few KJV Bibles while growing up but never bothered to check to see if all the "Sunday School" stories I had to listen to over and over were actually "in there". And, of course, I never paid any attention to any of the hundreds of boring twenty-minute Sunday morning sermonettes I dozed through. And the "endless" Sunday evening sermons, with the perfunctory "altar calls" were even worse. Who wouldn't have rather watched the Ed Sullivan Show on TV?
The KJV seems to have been a controversy "generator" since its "inception". Supposedly the best-selling form of Bible in the World—primarily because it's been for sale for four centuries, whereas other forms and versions haven't—it may also be the least "used" of all "best sellers". The problem of usefulness of the KJV, or any of its modern "competitors", is not the "accessibility", or "readability", or linguistic accuracy of any version. The problem is whether any statement or scripture in any version or translation of a Bible is "profitable for doctrine, etc. etc." Just saying it is, or believing it is, doesn't prove it is.
2 TIMOTHY 3:14-17
3:14 But continue you in the things which you have learned and have been assured of, knowing of whom you have learned them;
3:15 And that from your childhood you have known the holy scriptures [the Septuagint version of the Law, Prophets, and Writings], which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:16 All scripture[that]is given by inspiration of God, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
I first began to learn what the Bible, in its "KJV" form, actually says, even if not what it means, when I was attracted to the mostly logical presentations of several lines of theological reasoning made available by an overly "administrated" Christian Church organization I became associated with for ten years, throughout my "twenties". The leadership's "strong-arm" method of governing the lives of the members was matched by the founder's "head-strong" delusions of being right about every opinion he ever had.
The "Church of God" administrators expected "much" from the members—especially tithes and offerings. But they also expected us to present a "spotless" and respectable image to "the World" as an example of how everyone else should act. And we enjoyed the automatic benefits of avoiding many common problems whenever we were acting "spotless" and respectable.
2 PETER 3:14
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
But, as usually happens when people feel they are being "forced" to obey too many unnecessary Church rules, they tend to get "weary in well doing" and lose interest in whatever useful theological understanding they might have acquired if they hadn't subjected themselves to constant administrative behavior control at a level that isn't necessary.
2 THESSALONIANS 3:13
3:13 But you, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
Some of the "outsiders" we claimed were "in the World"—making us "out of this World outsiders" ourselves—believed the Church was some sort of "cult"—which it probably was for those who thought it was appropriate for the elderly "ill-tempered" founder and his "smooth-talking" son to act as if they had been specially created to represent the image of GOD, the Father and His Angel, the Son of GOD—which they weren't, and didn't.
Nevertheless, that ten years was extremely educational—in every sense of the word. And probably worth the "high cost of admission"—in tithes and offerings. The experience began to help me "know good and evil"—which means to begin learning the differences between good and evil. It doesn't imply or require that one "knows" how to be evil through personal experience—but that one has begun to be able to be discerning, or capable of judging whether one is being deceived into believing something that is evil is good, thus becoming involved in it.
16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues. Yes; the time comes, that whosoever kills you will think that he does GOD a service [the apostle Paul being the worst example of this, before his conversion].
16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples[not the twelve only], and said, Blessed be you poor; for yours is the Kingdom of GOD.
6:21 Blessed are you that hunger now; for you shall be filled. Blessed are you that weep now; for you shall laugh.
6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.
6:23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy; for, behold, your reward is great in Heaven; for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
6:24 But woe unto you that are rich; for you have received your consolation.
6:25 Woe unto you that are full; for you shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now; for you shall mou rn and weep.
6:26Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you; for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.
6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
6:29 And unto him that strikes you on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that takes away your cloak forbid not to take your coat also.
6:30 Give to every man that asks of you; and of him that takes away your goods ask them not again.
6:31 And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.
6:32 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? For sinners also love those that love them.
6:33 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you? For sinners also do even the same.
6:34 And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you? For sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
6:35 But "love" you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the Children of the Highest; for He is kind[even]unto the unthankful and to the evil.
6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven.
6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete, likewise it shall be measured to you again.
Are those threats and promises "chiseled in stone", "iron-clad", and guaranteed to be fulfilled, without fail, in "this World"—or in "the next World"? Of course not. They are expansive, all-purpose principles to use as a guide to living a life that might be considered "blameless" during GOD's Final Judgment of each of us when He will provide a personalized experience with the One who is quoted above to determine each person's level of freedom to enjoy potential supernatural pleasures in "the next World" that will be awarded on the basis of each person's past-life behavior in "this World". As a collective body of humanity living billions of different forms and lengths of life, we are not going to be faced with a "one-size-fits-all" basis of Judgment.
The key phrase above is this:
6:35But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the Children of the Highest; for He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
GOD awaits the scheduled conclusion of the "experiential" (learning through experience) phase of His Grand Plan for Humanity when He will allow Himself to fully display His willingness to be kind and merciful to all in a Final Judgment—even those national politicians, and CEO's who are currently unthankful for the "never enough" over-abundance of remuneration they think they deserve for deciding which of the "poor" might be having too much "given" to them for doing "nothing" productive—either as national citizens, or as lowly employees earning less in a year than the CEO "earns" in a day.
GOD is allowing, and has always allowed such gross inequality in "this world" to enable all of us to have opportunities to have personal experience with it; opportunity to judge it; and opportunity to decide if we consider such gross inequality as "good management"; "necessary evil" to save the jobs "at the top"; or unnecessary evil that needs to be suppressed.
Do not entertain the idea that GOD expects any of us to suppress what we decide is evil through use of violence—which is also evil. Even during the prophesied forty-two month "end-time" during which evil and trouble will be worse than at any other time in human history—GOD will expect the "saints" (those who believe in the Messiah/Christ) to be patient until the prophetically specified time-frame is closed by GOD.
13:7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them; and power was given him over all families, and tongues, and nations.
13:8And all that dwell upon the Earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
13:9If any man have an ear, let him hear.
13:10He that leads into captivity shall go into captivity. He that kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.[The saints are being warned not to attempt to violently eliminate any of the demon-possessed rulers which will be allowed to exhibit their selfish Earth-destroying favoritism toward those who will worship them.]
12:1And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great Prince which stands for the children of your people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time; and at that time your people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
12:2And many of them that sleep in the dust of the Earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
12:3And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the day sky; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
1 TIMOTHY 2:1-4
2:1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2:2[even]For kings, and for all that are in authority[which includes those who are often considered to be evil enemies—and are. Israel had no recognized "king" after Herod, the "great"; so the exhortation was all-encompassing. And why would anyone want to "pray for" such scoundrels?]; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.[not attracting hostile meddling from such characters]
2:3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of GOD,[the Father]our[ultimate]Savior;
2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
GOD expects us to lead quiet and peace-loving lives. But don't forget— a "pen" can be "mightier than a sword"— if you know where to "poke" it. And I do enjoy "poking fun" at those who deserve it.
23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the Law: judgment, mercy, and faith. These ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
23:24 You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.
GOD is willing, and planning to eventually enlighten and save even those who have made careers out of "de-funding" helpful social welfare programs while promoting and perpetuating trillion dollar wars which have produced nothing of value— such as national security. The Final Judgment will not be easy for such individuals. It has been likened to a huge camel trying to squeeze itself through the eye of a needle.
10:23 And Jesus looked round about, and said unto his disciples, How hard is it for they that have riches to enter into the Kingdom of God?
10:24 And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus asked again, and said unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the Kingdom of God?
10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.
10:26 And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
10:27 And Jesus looking upon them said, With men it is impossible; but not with GOD; for with GOD, all things are possible.
Perhaps to those who can't see a huge camel— or elephant— in their swimming pool because they are too focused on straining out a gnat, it might seem reasonable to believe that GOD thinks like they do— able to ignore a trillion dollars wasted on trying to eliminate a "room-full" of alleged "evil doers" while indignantly condemning the "wasting" of money on welfare programs— not just in welfare programs.
A million is a thousand thousands. A billion is a thousand millions. A trillion is a thousand billions. A trillion dollars is a thousand billions of dollars. When a "room-full" of politicians are squandering many hundreds of billions of dollars a year just to keep two or three offensive "foreign" wars going in an attempt to eliminate another "room-full" of "evil-doers", it's easy to run out of money, thus "necessitating" the reduction of national health and welfare expenditures so the war "efforts" that they are making won't have to be reduced.
7:17 Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.
7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
7:19 Every tree that brings not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire [or "cast out of office"].
7:20 Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.
7:21 Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day [immediately after the return of the Messiah/Christ— not the Final Judgment], Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? [some think it is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to invade the homelands of "foreigners" to "cast out" a room-full of dictatorial rulers because they are "alleged" to be acting like devils] and in your name done many wonderful works [like imposing years of war-zone "freedom" on nations whose dictatorial "regimes" have been "toppled" but not replaced by anything better]?
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you that work iniquity.
20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the Books were opened; and another Book was opened, which is the Book of Life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the Books, according to their works.
20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.
We are being required by GOD to endure a life-time of confrontations with good and evil. We are supposed to be learning which is which. Some don't realize, until it's "too late", that what they thought was good was actually evil. Some think they deserve credit, or "cred" for suffering the consequences of doing everything a person can do, on the "streets", that is dangerous and self-destructive. They call themselves "street smart". Others call them "street stupid" and good for nothing more than providing proof that many things that might feel "good" at the moment have automatic consequences that won't feel "good" for the rest of one' s life.
3:5 [as Satan spoke truthfully] For God does know that in the day you eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as gods[referring primarily to the creating team of Elohim angels which Adam had first seen witnessing his own first minutes of conscious life], knowing good and evil.
3:22 And the Lord God said [confirming that Satan had told the truth], Behold, the man is become as one of us[the Elohim Elders assist the Lord, God in testing and judging the value of everything that is created by GOD, the Unlimited through His Angel, the One speaking as the Lord, God], to know good and evil. . .
The sin of Adam and Eve wasn't simply stealing and eating "forbidden fruit". Neither was it refusal to believe that the Lord was God, or that he had power to punish them severely if they disobeyed his "One Commandment". Speaking through the mouth of a small, dragon-like "serpent"—a symbolic body prepared by the Creator as an "echo" of previous ages of "cold-blooded" reptilian "dominion" on Earth and elsewhere—Satan agreed that God was God, and said so. But he convinced Eve, and Adam, who stood by speechless, that God was a selfish liar unwilling to share his "wealth of secret knowledge" with them.
The sin of Adam and Eve was choosing to deliberately disregard the God who had proven who and what he was, and is, by means of the World he had created for them, and us, full of potential pleasures and freedom to enjoy them with minimal restrictions—but with several unspoken "prohibitions" which make themselves known by the automatic misery-causing consequences of exceeding the minimal restrictions most people can figure out, without being told. The God who directed the "genesis" of our World is the opposite of being a miserly "rich man" in every way—as the World will soon witness.
Adam and Eve "knew good" from the first day of their existence. That's just about all that they had experienced during their short lives—probably a few months—from the beginning of a "Mediterranean" Spring, to the end of Summer, just before the Fall, when many trees take on the colors of burning flames preceding their apparent "death", which continues through the "dead of Winter", until they are "resurrected" to continuing life the following Spring, and they are given another chance to be fruitful.
Adam and Eve were "unknowing" of what "evil" was, through no fault of their own. And that childish naivety was exploited by an ancient "angelic" theologian who had made a career of convincing others that he was wiser, more honest, and benevolent than all other "gods", including the Angel of the LORD who was the God he accused of denying Adam and Eve the simple pleasure of ingesting something that would give them supernatural awareness.
Lucifer, who was created as one of only three Archangels to "huddle" around the Mastermind of the "game of life", has acquired more knowledge of good and evil than almost all of the other "angel gods"; but he enjoys being evil more than he enjoys being good. The Angel of the LORD, also known as the Creator, and the God of Israel is also prone to "enjoying" the creation and use of "evil" "agents of destruction" of every kind, which he is on record as utilizing more as threats of punishment than as actual punishment.
45:6 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.
45:7 I form the light, and create darkness. I make peace, and create evil. I the Lord do all these things.
The Lord, God of Israel, has never kept secret the fact that he creates "evil"; and a surprising amount of "Hebrew scripture" details his plans to inflict "ancient" Israel with many forms of misery that he must be given "credit" for creating— such as disease organisms; withholding of normal and necessary environmental provision, and extremely rare manipulation of the minds of empowered foreign leaders allowing them and their armies to conquer and "destroy" Israel for continually worshipping devils while ignoring him. If that is something you have never seen or heard— then you don't know "beans" about the Bible.
1:1 In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with GOD, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the Beginning with GOD.
1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
If the "all inclusive credit" given to the Word, or Logos in John 1:3 is true, the Lord, God has overseen the design, "perfecting", and release of every disease organism that has ever existed or been "made"— though primarily for the purpose of eventually eliminating each generation of every physical specie that has ever lived in our World and all previous worlds on Earth. But death is also caused by countless forms of predictable degeneration which have also been designed to eventually kill, but ever more "effectively" as an organism "ages".
3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord has not done it?
3:7 Surely the Lord, God [the Angel of the LORD GOD] will do nothing, but [until] he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The type of deliberate, targeted "evil" created by the Lord, God of Israel (not GOD Himself, but His singular Angel personification), as recorded in the Hebrew scriptures, is extremely rare and is usually a specific fulfillment of written prophetic warnings given over many generations of time.
More than once, the Lord has finally been compelled to prove, as recorded in secular history, that the written prophetic warnings, still available in Hebrew scripture today, were not simply hollow personal opinions formed by several half-crazy self-appointed "prophets", and that he does have power and willingness to finally punish those who reject all offers of mercy. But he always returns once again, to his instinctive willingness to be merciful.
36:17 Son of man, when the House of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings. Their way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
The following is still an integral part of this serious discussion, though it will be presented as a bit of "comedy relief". It should not be considered insulting by any woman who reads it carefully. But if so it won't be the first time a woman has perceived an "innocent" statement to be a personal insult worthy of "righteous" indignation.
Scriptural references about the conduct of Israel being analogous to the "ritual uncleanness" of a removed or separated woman are not a condemnation of women who are having their "periods", or an indication that the Lord, God is appalled by the bloody discharge of a woman's uterine lining each month she is not pregnant, or that whatever is used to collect the bloody discharge should be considered abhorrent.
Such references are allusions to the hormone-driven quarrelsome and "bossy" attitude many women, throughout human history, have expressed toward their husbands during the week preceding the start of menstruation—the notorious hormone-driven "PMS" or pre-menstrual syndrome recognized by many husbands, but few wives, even though it gives wives a "legitimate excuse" for the way they often feel and act toward their husbands—though they usually want to blame their husbands for everything they can't tolerate during that time. And yes, I am aware that the same situation occurs with unmarried couples.
Each of the four phases of the approximately four-week long—did I mention hormone-driven—menstrual cycle is very symbolic as each phase occurs in the sequence. That symbolism and much more will be thoroughly explained in a future publication. Following the next set of references is a word-association puzzle you can ponder which is related to what some consider a puzzling paradox—how to reconcile the "Father / Son" relationship between the LORD, GOD and Israel, with the "Husband / Wife" relationship between the Angel of the LORD and Israel after the Exodus.
11:1When Israel was a "child", then I loved him, and called my "son" out of Egypt.
4:22And you shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus says the LORD, Israel is my "son", even my "firstborn".
54:5For your Maker is your husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole Earth shall he be called.
54:6For the Lord has called you as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when you were refused, says your God.
54:7For a small moment have I forsaken you; but with great mercies will I gather you.
54:8In a little wrath I hid my face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on you, says the Lord, your Redeemer.
3:8And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
3:9And it came to pass through the levity of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
3:10And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, says the Lord.
3:11And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
3:12Go and proclaim these words toward the North, and say, Return, you backsliding Israel, says the Lord; and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you; for I am merciful, says the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever.
3:13Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord, your God, and have scattered your ways to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the Lord.
3:14Turn, O backsliding children, says the Lord; for I am married unto you; and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion;
3:15And I will give you pastors according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Can you associate the following sequence of words with an Earthly marriage relationship that was a complete mismatch and a failure from the day of its institution; with the hostile and disrespectful behavior of the "wife" leading to many cycles of "separations"; and finally to divorce proceedings; which were never "finalized" because the "marriage" is destined to be gloriously transformed, by the Father of the Groom, into a literal "Match made in Heaven"?
Alienation...Hostility...Bloodshed...Separation...Remorse...Forgivness...Reconciliation...Reunion... Mutual desire to create a New Life together
Many seemingly outrageous rules were included in Moses' contributions to the "prison camp" regulations which were imposed on the Israelites of the Exodus after they rejected the Lord. One was a requirement that women be separated from or stay away from their husbands at the start of menstruation immediately following the "PMS" week. Moses was probably attempting to give the women, and the men a legal, or legitimate excuse to stay away from each other for a week so that flaring tempers on both sides could simmer down and reconciliation could occur.
Moses gave us a hint of how his own wife, Zipporah acted toward him, probably more than once, when she thought one of his God's requirements was unnecessary and abhorrent—especially because Moses didn't want to do the "dirty work" himself and was asking her to do it.
4:20And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.
4:21And the Lord[the Angel of the LORD]said unto Moses, When you go to return into Egypt, see that you do all those wonders before Pharaoh, which I have put in your hand; but I will harden his heart, that he shall not let the people go.
4:22And you shall say unto Pharaoh, Thus says the LORD[GOD], Israel is my "son", even my "firstborn".[that was not to be the analogy that would characterize the Angel of the LORD's relationship to Israel]
4:23And I[the LORD, GOD]say unto you, Let my "son" go, that he may serve me; and if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your son, even your firstborn.
4:24And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the Lord met him, and sought to kill him.[Moses chose not to include a record of why he had once again infuriated the Lord to that degree, but the reader can get a general idea]
4:25Then Zipporah[Moses' wife]took a sharp stone[a "flint" of volcanic glass, like an arrow-head], and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband are you to me.
4:26So he let him go. Then she said[again, and louder], A bloody husband you are, because of the circumcision![She apparently had little respect for her husband Moses, or his God, the Lord.]
King David's first wife Michal, was the daughter of Israel's first king, Saul; who required that David "pay" for his daughter with a hundred Philistine foreskins. David thought she was "worth" two hundred freshly cut Philistine foreskins. How romantic.
1 SAMUEL 18:25-28
18:25And Saul said, Thus shall you say to David, The King desires not any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king's enemies. But Saul thought to make David fall by the hand of the Philistines.
18:26And when his servants told David these words, it pleased David well to be the King's son-in-law: and the days were not expired.
18:27Wherefore David arose and went, he and his men, and slew of the Philistines two hundred men; and David brought their foreskins, and they gave them in full tally to the King, that he might be the King's son-in-law. And Saul gave him Michal his daughter to wife.
18:28And Saul saw and knew that the Lord was with David, and that Michal, Saul's daughter loved him.
Unfortunately for Michal, as David began adding wives instead of Philistine foreskins to his concept of a "marriage equation", the matrimony turned to acrimony one day when she had a problem believing David's claim that he was ecstatically dancing "half naked" or more, in public to please the Lord when it was more obvious it was "the ladies", and David who were getting the pleasure. And when she harshly criticized him, which was probably not the first time, he made sure the Lord would never "bless" her with any children if he had anything to do, or not do, with it.
2 SAMUEL 6:14-23
6:14And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
6:15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
6:16And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
6:17And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the Tabernacle that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
6:18And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
6:19And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
6:20Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How "glorious" was the "King" of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!
6:21And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before your father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel; therefore will I play before the Lord.
6:22And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight; and of the maidservants which you have spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor.
6:23Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
To bring the discussion back into perspective; bloody menstrual "rags" were about the least offensive thing the Lord would see in Israel every time he would examine their conduct.
36:18Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it.
36:19And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries. According to their way and according to their doings I judged them.
36:20And when they entered unto the heathen, where they went, they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of his land.
36:21But I had pity for my holy name, which the House of Israel had profaned among the heathen, where they went.
36:22Therefore say unto the House of Israel, thus says the Lord, God; I do not this for your sakes, O House of Israel, but for my holy name's sake, which you have profaned among the heathen, where you went.
36:23And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, says the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
36:24For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
36:25Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.
36:26A new "heart"[mind]also will I give you, and a new "spirit"[a Holy Spirit—the "mind" of the Father]will I put within you; and I will take away the stony "heart" out of your flesh, and I will give you a "heart" of flesh.
36:27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them.
36:28And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God.
36:29I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.
36:30And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that you shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.
36:31Then shall you remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.
36:32Not for your sakes do I this, says the Lord God, be it known unto you; be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O House of Israel.
36:33Thus says the Lord God; In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be built.
36:34And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.
36:35And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the Garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
36:36Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate. I the Lord have spoken it, and I will do it.
36:37Thus says the Lord God; I will yet for this be enquired of by the House of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase them with men like a flock.
36:38As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn Feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with "flocks" of men; and they shall know that I am the Lord.
The final fulfillment of most of these prophecies about Israel remains to be accomplished—by the Lord, God of Israel—the Messiah/Christ—not by wealthy investors utilizing natural technology. There is nothing wrong with wealthy investors and hard-working land owners utilizing natural technology, inventive genius, and some freedom from oppressive religious restraints to create "Garden of Eden-like" farmlands and orchards from areas that were like "desolate wilderness" before. But the "good" that is prophesied to be accomplished by the Lord, which will replace the "evil" that he and others have caused through much of human history, will not have to be done with any concern that hostile, "cactus-like" political ideologues will suddenly cause the devastation of what will be produced.
The Lord's desire has always been that every generation of "Israel" honor him for his unending willingness use them—in spite of their well-publicized ancient history— as a "shining" example to the World, demonstrating that he is willing to provide unearned and undeserved levels of "blessings" to any nation for minimal self-control and acknowledgement of his authority.
But the Lord isn't willing to overlook, and "bless nonetheless", any national regimes that reject the potential they could have for improving their own homelands if only they would suppress age-old resentments just long enough to approach Israel, as "sons of Abraham", and with the current well-being of their own citizens in mind, ask one question. How has it been possible for Israel, even while surrounded by hostile nations, and still inhibited by too much restrictive religious ideology, to restore so much of a landscape that had become a barren wilderness, returning it to what could be called, once again, a land "flowing with milk and honey"—a poetic term meaning a multiplicity of milk-producers such as cows, sheep, goats—even breast-feeding human mothers—and a wealth of diverse crops pollinated by bees.
Though having access to only a relatively small amount of "arable" (no pun intended) land and limited water, those Israelis who would rather produce "produce" than war have managed to make modern Israel internationally recognized for the exceptional productivity of its farms, orchards, and livestock. Israeli-Holsteins are often the highest-yielding milk-cows in the World. Was it accomplished with modern technology alone?
The evil created by Satan, is usually not focused on manipulating nations through diseases or environmental catastrophes. Satan prefers manipulating nations through the propagation of oppressive religious and governmental regimes for the purpose of creating "reasons" to believe that the Lord, God of Israel never existed, or is incapable of restraining the influence of "old" and "new" religions that reject the reality and power of the God of Israel—the Angel of the LORD, who is destined to become the World's Messiah, or Christ.
2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-6
4:3But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost.
4:4In whom the god of this world[Satan]has blinded the minds of them which believe not[kept them "in the dark" theologically], lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them [provide enlightening illumination].
4:5For we preach not ourselves[alone], but[with]Christ Jesus, the Lord; and ourselves your servants, for Jesus' sake.
4:6For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness[during the origin of the "First Atom", the Angel of GOD, who would present a visible image of the invisible GOD as an "interface" to all who would be created subsequently], has shined in our "hearts"[minds], to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of GOD,[His own glory]in the face of Jesus Christ.
6:11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.
6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities[devil "princes" who attempt to influence territories around the Earth, assigned by Satan, the "god of this World"], against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this World; against spiritual wickedness in high places.
During the time I spent in that afore-mentioned Church—which employed an amazing number of extremely knowledgeable, literally "well-versed", and eloquent speakers—tens of thousands of us were taught (and lived) many principles and "specifics" about how to understand a "framework" of ancient Bible symbolism—including the so-called "Jewish" Holy Days, but with an advanced understanding of their symbolism—that can give wisdom and future real-world protection to those who know what to look for.
I also began to become aware of many related symbolic revelations, "hidden" openly in scripture, and in the physical creations of GOD all around us, and by the literal inside and outside of our bodies, that no other "established" or "non-established" Christian Churches were teaching at that time, and still aren't, because they either know nothing about them, or they would probably refuse to take any of it seriously if they did hear any of it, because it doesn't fit into their "encrusted" impenetrable packages of "non-heretical" beliefs.
I also learned, from observing the leadership of that Church, how not to be a Christian leader. They claimed that God's form of leadership is from the top, down. What they really meant, was that they, the few at the top, would transmit decrees down to everyone who didn't have a position of authority at the top. That is not leadership. That is rulership—in its worst sense—the selfish, freedom-destroying form that has permeated World government throughout history.
True leadership generally requires that the leader be on the same level as those being led; and that the leader be in the front, demonstrating to those following how to advance toward a goal which will result in the production of benefits that can be shared by the greatest number of participants. "Civil" government and religious government "leaders" cannot lead anyone if they are relaxing in the "penthouse suite" of an "ivory tower" "lording it over" all who have no chance of enjoying the lifestyle they have—usually paid for by the earnings of taxpayers, or "tithe and offering payers".
Neither can military leaders, or "commanders"—even "chief" commanders, truly lead while allowing themselves and their families to enjoy the lifestyles of the rich and famous, safe in their own war-free homeland, while simultaneously ordering or commanding young men and women to leave their homes and families to live lifestyles of the impoverished and unrecognized in "foreign" lands, often destroying what little stability may have been possible in those distant "homelands" if it weren't for the destructive intrusion of "foreign" invaders who were persuaded by their "leaders" that the best way to protect their homes and families in their own homeland would be to leave them and participate in the instigation and spread of war around the homes and families in other nations—nations whose "leaders" are imagined to be an intolerable threat to the World because there is a remote chance that they "might" start a war outside their own homeland.
A wise national leader avoids prolonging or escalating wars that foolish "leaders" have started under the pretense that "their" national wealth and resources, or the accessibility of "foreign" resources, must be protected "at any cost" from imaginary threats "posed" by national leaders who have been proving, for many years, that they are not the ones starting wars. What does that have to do with scripture? Everything.
Though most governmental leaders refuse to consider any ideas that conflict with their own—occasionally, the continual failure of those policies causes a few of their sycophant supporters to wonder if the policies of their esteemed leaders might be better described as a "steaming pile" than a "pathway to future Utopia"—since it never led to Utopia when they were "in office" before.
This is directed to any person in the United States of America who believes he or she is, or should be, a "leader of the Free World"—whatever that means—and to any individuals who enable others to acquire such "offices of leadership". I realize, of course, that directing something toward a target doesn't mean it will ever get there.
It is often stated, for political purposes, that "America" (the United States of) was founded on "Judeo-Christian values". That phrase cannot be defined in a way that would be mutually acceptable to proponents of any of the countless formulations of "Judaic" and "Christian" values, or ethical standards.
If most "religious Jews" were asked to itemize their own personal concept of "Judaic principles", and merge them with the predictably conflicting lists of "principles" presented by "religious Christians"—the result would not be harmonious. The arguments over who's "rules of righteousness" were the most perfect would lead to hateful personal conflict rarely seen on any military battlefield. The atrocities committed by both sides during most wars are usually "justified" by a simple premise used by both sides of a conflict— "enemy" soldiers deserve to be killed because they are trying to kill the "enemy" soldiers trying to kill them.
65:2I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walks in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
65:3A people that provokes me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense upon altars of brick;
65:4Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and the broth of abominable things in their vessels;
65:5Which say, Stand by yourself. Come not near to me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose; a fire that burns all the day.
65:11But you are they that forsake the Lord; that forget my Holy Mountain; that prepare a table for that troop; and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
65:12Therefore will I number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter; because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
65:13Therefore, thus says the Lord, God, Behold. My servants shall eat; but you shall be hungry. Behold. My servants shall drink; but you shall be thirsty. Behold. My servants shall rejoice; but you shall be ashamed.
65:14Behold. My servants shall sing for joy of heart; but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall wail for vexation of spirit.
65:15And you shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen; for the Lord, God shall slay you, and call his servants by another name.
65:16That he who blesses himself in the Earth[as if Earth was a god]shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the Earth[as if it was a god]shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
65:17For, behold, I will create new heavens and a new Earth[to last a millennium before the final total replacement by the glorified Spirit Heaven and Earth], and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
It should be clear to anyone that these plans and promises have not been fulfilled. So either there is no Lord who had those plans and promises recorded. Or the Lord changed his mind about fulfilling those plans and promises and we can't depend on anything he promises. Or the Lord will fulfill those plans and promises in the future. Which choice do you prefer?
Anyone who actually believes such documented positive and negative plans and promises, which permeate Hebrew scripture, should decide what the Lord really requires from those he calls his "servants". The Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, does not present the word "servant" as being equivalent to the word "slave". One who serves another might be a "slave", having no choice whether or not he is required to serve someone; though that doesn't necessarily mean he is being abused; or the person might be voluntarily attempting to help someone in need; or the person might be receiving pay for serving others who can afford to pay for a "service" they don't want to perform themselves.
But being a servant, in the everyday sense, is being willing to stop acting as if one is a "master" who is entitled to order everyone to submit to his rule.
13:13You call me Master and Lord; and you say well; for so I am.
13:14If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; you also ought to "wash one another's feet"[not as an unnecessary religious ritual, but as a willingness to serve, if it is needed].
13:15For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.
13:16Truly, truly, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord; neither is he that is sent[Jesus meant himself]greater than He[GOD, the Father]that sent him.
23:1Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
23:2Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat[revealing the "Law of Moses" from scripture].
23:3All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you observe[directly from the "Law of Moses"], that observe and do; but do not you after their works; for they say, and do not.
23:4For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
23:5But all their works they do in order to be seen of men. They make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
23:6And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
23:7And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
23:8But be not you called Rabbi; for one is your Master, even Christ; and all you are brethren[on the same level].
23:9And call no man your "Father"[as a religious title—especially "holy Father"]upon the Earth; for One is your Father, which is in Heaven.
23:10Neither be you called masters[or Mister/Mr. so and so—we refer to all of the great personalities of the scriptures by their "first" names]; for one is your Master, even Christ.
23:11But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
23:12And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be brought low; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
23:13But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the Kingdom of Heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, neither allow you them that are entering to go in.
23:14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer; therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.
23:15Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you compass sea and land to make one proselyte,[exporting war, and the weapons of war around the World]and when he is made, you make him twofold more the child of Hell than yourselves.
23:16Woe unto you, you blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the Temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
23:17You fools and blind; for which is greater, the gold, or the Temple that sanctifies the gold?
23:18And, Whosoever shall swear by the Altar, it is nothing; but whosoever swears by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
23:19You fools and blind; for which is greater, the gift, or the Altar that sanctifies the gift?
23:20Whoso therefore shall swear by the Altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon.
23:21And whoso shall swear by the Temple, swears by it, and by Him that dwells therein.
23:22And he that shall swear by Heaven, swears by the Throne of God, and by Him that sits thereon.
23:23Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe of mint, and anise, and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the Law: judgment, mercy, and faith. These ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
23:24You blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.
23:25Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
23:26You blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
23:27Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.
23:28Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
There is really only one fundamental value, found in Hebrew, or "Judaic" scripture, that has survived the transition from "Old Covenant" theology, which was directed at Israel, to "New Covenant" theology, which was directed at Israel—and every other nation in the World. That fundamental "Judeo-Christian value" was reaffirmed about 2,000 years ago by the same Lord who would have preferred to give Israel "One Commandment" to cover all relationships between humans, rather than the final Six of Ten, which were apparently too confusing to understand, let alone obey.
22:34But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
22:35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him, and saying,
22:36Master, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?
22:37Jesus said unto him, You shall love the LORD, your GOD with all your "heart", and with all your soul, and with all your might.
22:38This is the first and great commandment.
22:39And the second is like unto it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
22:40On these two commandments hang all the Law, and the Prophets.
Because it's still too difficult for most humans to understand how simple God's will is—just behave toward others the way you want others to behave toward you—additional statutes were given to help all Israelites have some idea of what the Lord wanted them to do—toward himself, and toward others.
6:1Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go to possess it;.
6:2That you might fear the Lord, your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you; you, and your son, and your son's son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.
6:3Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as the Lord, God of your fathers has promised you, in the land that flows with milk and honey.
6:4Hear, O Israel: The Lord, our God is one Lord.
6:5And you shall love the Lord, your God with your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
19:9And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
19:10And you shall not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather every grape of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and stranger[undocumented alien]. I am the Lord, your God.
19:11You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.
19:12And you shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shall you profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.
19:13You shall not defraud your neighbor, neither rob him. The wages of him that is hired shall not abide with you all night until the morning.
19:14You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God. I am the Lord.
19:15You shall do no unrighteousness in judgment. You shall not favor the person of the poor[protect criminal family members from the consequences of victimizing others for a "living"], nor honor the person of the mighty[protect criminal corporate board members from the consequences of victimizing others for a "living"]; but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.
19:16You shall not go up and down as a [fox]tale-bearer among your people[like a FOX convincing the chickens in a henhouse that it is only concerned about their safety as it continually keeps them in a state of alert with "NEWS" about every potential danger in the World that a chicken could ever have, while causing more fear-driven instability and drops in "nest-egg" production than any genuine threat would ever be likely to cause]; neither shall you stand against the blood of your neighbor; I am the Lord.
19:17You shall not hate your brother in your heart. If you shall in any way rebuke your neighbor, do not suffer sin upon him.
19:18You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.
What you may learn eventually, and will have to accept before very much of the Messianic and Christian scriptures can make sense, is this. When scripture refers to "love", it is not referring to emotional love, such as that which is experienced when one derives so much pleasure, or potential pleasure from the existence of someone, or something, one wants to protect and enhance the existence of whatever it is that generates a feeling of pleasure.
Throughout scripture, "love" refers to behavior—what is done to or for someone or something, not what positive emotion my precede, or accompany, or result from a behavior.
Get used to this simple reality. If you continue reading all that I hope to make available on this website and in future publications, you will have to stop believing that GOD, the Father loves you emotionally because He "can't help it". GOD does not love you emotionally in the sense that He is so concerned about preserving and pleasing you that He feels compelled to heal you, and make you rich, and find a perfect marriage partner for you, and make available a good parking space near your favorite store. Can He do those things? Of course. Does He?
GOD, the Unlimited, or GOD, the Father is not driven or controlled by any involuntary emotion. He is the One who has designed and engineered every automated physical evidence of emotional "feeling" that we humans, or any other creature, including His own representative Angel, can experience. You won't find much evidence of "emotional" love between the Angel of the LORD in his role as the Lord, God of Israel, and whatever generation of Israel was alive when he would speak to Israel through a prophet.
The Angel of the LORD, who refers to himself as the God of Israel, loves "Israel", in its collective sense, much like a mother who is endlessly willing to provide what her demanding and complaining baby needs , while enduring its instinctive infantile behavior with "eternal" hope that her baby will finally reach a level of maturity at which it will begin to imitate the loving behavior it was given when it knew nothing about loving behavior.
13:14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the Sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work. In them therefore come and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.
13:15The Lord then answered him, and said, You hypocrite. Does not each one of you on the Sabbath free his ox, or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
13:16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound[by who knows what means], lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?
13:31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get you out, and depart behind; for Herod[Antipas—son of Herod, the "great"]will kill you.
13:32And he said unto them[disregarding their "fox" alert],Go you, and tell that "fox", Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.
13:33Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be[allowed by GOD]that a prophet perish outside of Jerusalem[before he has delivered his warning of impending punishment from GOD to the rulers of Israel in Jerusalem. Several prophets sent by the Lord God to rulers in Jerusalem to deliver warnings of impending punishment to Israel, were murdered by evil rulers in Jerusalem wanting to eliminate any threat to their ungodly control, even as they disregarded GOD's threats to their ungodly control.].
13:34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto you; how often would I[as the Angel of the LORD]have gathered your children together, as a hen does gather her brood under her wings, and you would not!
13:35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate; and truly I say unto you, You shall not see me, until the time come when you shall say, Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
God, the Unlimited has never limited Himself to a single progression of any of the "emotions", or "feelings" which He has designed to be "appropriate" for whatever might be happening "at the moment" to an individual of any specie to which has given only a single stream of conscious awareness.
GOD, the Unlimited can monitor, in a detached and emotionless manner, the behavior of an infinite number of entities by means of individualized units of Spirit consciousness which His Spirit generates along with the "spirit" each conscious creature is given which enables it to think and act the way it looks. And that includes every human being that GOD has empowered His Spirit to generate and monitor in its automated mode.
The Universal omnipresent Spirit of God is the power of God to generate and control everything that actually exits as a creation of GOD—which does not include "time", by the way. Except in extremely rare cases, such as the generation of the human body the Angel of the LORD lived and died in as Jesus, or Yahshua, each human being is generated within its mother's uterus without the beginning of its existence, or the quality of its pre-birth development being evaluated, from an emotional viewpoint, by the omnipresent Spirit of GOD; nor by GOD's center of consciousness in Heaven.
1:35And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow you; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
The omnipresent Spirit of God is not "programmed" to be "emotional", nor is it authorized, or able to "have pity" and correct "appalling" flaws that can develop due to its non-completion of any of countless stages in the building of a body. But the Spirit of GOD does construct the body components which are affected by associated body and brain hormone "chemistry" which causes the physical indicators associated with emotions, though they are actually being originated in the "spirit" or mind of any physical creature that has one. It's a "soul" train of events, or sequence of interrelationships between body and spirit which creates "soul"—the emotional personality of a living human.
As each human is being formed within its mother's uterus by the Spirit, or Power of God, a spirit representation or "angel" of the new human is made available within GOD's "universal" mind (the Universal Book of Life). Even after a successful birth, humans are not "known" personally or emotionally by GOD, the Father, and are "known" even less, or "never known" by His Angel until a number of conditions are met that cause GOD, the Father to choose to include a human within His primary center of emotional consciousness—His Holy Spirit. Until that happens, a human will not benefit from, or suffer from, a personalized emotional response toward his, or her behavior from the non-emotional unit of GOD's consciousness associated with him, or her.
3:2You only have I known of all the families of the Earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
7:21Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in Heaven.
7:22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out devils? And in your name done many wonderful works?
7:23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you that work iniquity.
2 TIMOTHY 2:19
2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God stands sure, having this seal, the Lord knows them that are his.
1 CORINTHIANS 8:3
8:3But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
GOD could generate within any unit of His own consciousness the same "feelings" of emotional love He has designed to become programmed and automatically activated "human" responses during a very limited number of human situations and relationships. But He has no reason to do that. He could not be GOD, the Unlimited if He was continually being controlled and limited by involuntary emotional responses as we are.
That does not mean that GOD never generates what we would consider to be an emotion of love toward any human or other creature. It means that God does not have to be motivated by an involuntary emotion to perform "acts" of love toward humans or any other creature. The love of God is behavioral. He loves the World of humans, and every other specie in the World, by providing what will result in the production of benefits which can be shared by the greatest number of participants.
5:43You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.
5:44But I say unto you, Love your enemies. Bless them that curse you. Do good to them that hate you; and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
5:45That you may be the Children of your Father which is in Heaven; for He makes His Sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
5:46For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the Publicans[collectors of taxes on the poor—and the Republicans—rejecters of taxes on the rich]the same?
5:47And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the Publicans so?
5:48Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.
When we understand the simple distinction between behavioral love, and emotional love, we can begin to understand what God has always meant when he has encouraged humans to "love your neighbor as you love yourself". That means behave toward your neighbor as you behave toward yourself. Most people are always trying to "help themselves". Even when they don't really need the second and third "helpings" they readily provide for themselves. Perhaps you should provide some "helpings" to someone who needs them.
Throughout the Lord's recorded interactions, when he said "Love your neighbor.", and even when he said "Love your enemies." it had nothing to do with loving them emotionally. It is impossible to emotionally love an enemy. If a person loves someone emotionally, that person is a "loved one"—not an enemy. But one can do good, or at least not do evil to an enemy, "as if" the enemy was loved emotionally—even though the enemy is still emotionally hated.
Like almost everybody, you probably always give yourself the "benefit of the doubt" and resist condemning yourself for your own questionable behavior. If so, then aim for the type of "perfect love" expressed by GOD, the Father. Stop trying to condemn and destroy whoever you imagine to be your "foreign" or "domestic" enemies and you may discover that almost every one benefits when no one is officially "at war"
12:1I plead to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of GOD, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
12:2And be not conformed to this World; but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of GOD.
12:3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as GOD has dealt to every man the measure of faith.
12:4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office[or orifice];
12:5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
12:6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
12:7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teaches, on teaching;
12:8Or he that exhorts, on exhortation; he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
12:9Let love be without dissimulation[concealment]. Detest that which is evil. Cleave to that which is good.
12:10Be kind and affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;
12:11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12:12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing every instant in prayer;
12:13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
12:14Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not.
12:15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
12:16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but "condescend"[try to relate]to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
12:17Recompense to no man[don't "pay back"]evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
12:18If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.
12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord.
12:20Therefore if your enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing you shall heap "coals of fire" on his head[make him "ashamed of himself"].
12:21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
If any self-proclaimed "Christian" leaders, or "wanna-be" leaders of the United States of America claim that "America" was founded on Judeo-Christian values, perhaps they should try one of the two most important "Judeo", or "Judaic" values originated by the Lord, God of Israel and transmitted through Moses, then enhanced by the Lord, Jesus in his "Son of Man" life as the "Son of GOD. The enhanced Messianic-Christian value Jesus promoted is to behaviorally "love" your enemies, not your "neighbors" only.
Certain "American" rulers should stop accusing so many rulers of other nations of being mortal enemies of "America", on a global scale, when it may only be a room-full of current rulers who are bitterly resentful of the constant military interference by "American" politicians into their affairs when those "American" politicians haven't begun to get their own "Houses" in order.
The launching of unnecessary offensive wars and continual threats of more offensive attacks destroys stability in the World. When hundreds of billions of dollars are borrowed from nations that could have spent them helping to improve the lives and level of freedom in those nations, and those hundreds of billions are spent, instead, destroying useable infrastructure to "topple a regime", followed by indecent amounts of borrowed money being paid to non-local "contractors" in futile attempts to replace what was destroyed, while the poor population waits and suffers for years doing without what little they had before, one might think that the politicians involved in such shameful abuses of power would find it almost impossible to retain or acquire any support.
God has never needed to have any nation on Earth attempt to export His values through the spread of warfare. Especially if what is being exported interferes with the ability of other nations to maintain enough stability to improve their own homelands. Some domineering national rulers might even have considered experimenting with greater allowances of "freedom" if they weren't always being compelled to "circle the wagons" and go nowhere because of threats from foreign rulers who are convinced that they are leading the only nation God can depend on to ensure the survival of His values and His "people"—whether one thinks that means Israelis, or Protestant Christians.
God requires no human to do him the "favor" of starting wars to rid the World of "evil doers". Wars cause "innocent", and "not-so-innocent" victims to be killed and maimed, including those soldiers sent to kill "foreign" soldiers living in their own homelands, with many soldiers on both sides yearning to be in their own homes taking care of their own families rather than being sent to kill others with no benefit to anyone. God does want humans to do him a favor by behaving themselves, not by trying to control the normal behavior of others who just want to mind their own business.
During this 2012 political year in the United States, when you hear any leaders in office, or wanting to be in office, implying that they are God's last hope for preserving his "Judeo-Christian" value system, yet their main concern is preserving and increasing their own wealth and preserving and expanding their capability to start new wars and perpetuate old ones, ask how those goals conform to any respectable behavioral values from any theological system whatsoever—especially the charitable values associated with traditional forms of "Judaism" and "Christianity".
Ask how the term "care", as in "health-care", can be transmogrified into an insulting epithet by pinning it to someone's name. Would you prefer to have your family name associated with the word "care"—or would you prefer to have your name associated with "don't care", or "careless", or "couldn't care less—obtain more wealth and you'll be able to take care of yourself, you lazy bum".
Some imagine that all should pay the exact same tax percentage on whatever amount of taxable income they report. Their simple minds think that such a plan would be equal and fair to all. Someone making $500,000 pays 10%, and someone earning $5,000 pays 10%. If you report $500,000 you get to keep $450,000. If you report $5,000 you get to keep $4,500. When those earning $5,000 are finally required to pay their $500 "fair share" of taxes to the Government, they won't be in such a hurry to advocate that the Government give it to those who are unable to earn anything.
One does his best to "make do" with the $450,000 left after his taxes are paid and he expects the other to "make do" on the 90% that he has left, even though the one who paid $50,000 in taxes is secretly, or openly thinking that since he paid a hundred times more than the $500 the other paid, the other person got a better deal. It's simple math. Isn't it?
Wasn't a flat 10% rate of income tax, or "tithe", imposed on all "ancient Israelites" by God himself? No—it wasn't. In "ancient Israel", when food-crop harvests showed an increase beyond what was required to produce them, and herds and flocks of "farm animals" increased through reproduction by at least ten animals, a tenth of those "increases", as actual food or whole animals, was to be brought to those known as the Levitical Priesthood, especially those who performed the duties of the Priesthood in the city of Jerusalem, as "wages" for performing their educational and ritualistic responsibilities.
Most Israelites were under no obligation to pay a tithe to the Levites because they had no food-crop increases or "cattle" increases requiring them to pay such a tithe. Many could barely grow enough food to survive. And often the Levites lacked sufficient provision because of insufficient tithe contributions from those of the other "tribes". Those Israelites wealthy enough and able to travel to Jerusalem for Holy Day "Festivals" could pay the Levites there in some form of "money" that would enable the Levites to buy locally what could not be conveyed from the distant area in which the crop or animal increases occurred. But that income was usually undependable, as is the income of most in the "theology business".
Incidentally, no "Christian" preacher has any authority from God to require that "tithes" in any form be paid to him by any Church member. And nobody is able to pay a tithe of crop or cattle increases to a Levitical Priesthood that no longer exists. That is why it has become an accepted alternative to provide voluntary offerings for the support of Priests and Preachers and their bases of operation.
A cyclical law kept people aware that the Levitical Priests were supposed to be making available to the poor and "needy" (besides themselves) an equitable share of what was being brought to them in the form of tithes of produce and animals.
26:8And the Lord brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders;
26:9And he has brought us into this place, and has given us this land, even a land that flows with milk and honey.
26:10And now, behold, I have brought the first-fruits of the land, which you, O Lord, have given me. And you shall set it before the Lord, your God, and worship before the Lord, your God.
26:11And you shall rejoice in every good thing which the Lord, your God has given unto you, and unto your house, you, and the Levite, and the stranger[non-Israelite]that is among you.
26:12When you have made an end of tithing all the tithes of your increase the third year[third and sixth year out of a seven year cycle], which is the year of tithing, and have given it unto the Levite, the stranger["illegal" immigrant], the fatherless[How many children in America are "fatherless" because the "fly-by-night" "sperm donors" who engendered them (and sometimes don't know, or want to know, they exist) aren't mature enough to be true fathers?], and the widow, that they may eat within your gates, and be filled;
26:13Then you shall say before the Lord your God, I have brought away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all your commandments which you have commanded me. I have not transgressed your commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
26:14I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away anything thereof for any unclean use, nor given anything thereof for the dead[wasted "offerings" attempting to influence the "state" of the dead, who will have no further consciousness until resurrected]; but I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord my God, and have done according to all that you have commanded me.
26:15Look down from your Holy Habitation, from Heaven, and bless your people Israel, and the land which you have given us, as you swore unto our fathers—a land that flows with milk and honey.
After the phenomenal reconstruction of the Temple building in Jerusalem, (but not all of the surrounding structures), during the rule of Herod, the "great", the Temple became a great attraction to wealthy Jewish "pilgrims" from distant nations who contributed to an ever-growing treasury that was being controlled in a very selfish manner by those in charge who thought nothing of using the offerings to enjoy lavish, self-indulgent lifestyles, even as they devised new ways to restrict the freedom of the common "folk", while concocting "illegitimate excuses" for minimizing monetary aid to those in need.
7:10For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoso curses father or mother, let him die the death [an extreme "prison camp" rule that the Lord and Moses imposed on the older generation of Israelites, after the Exodus, until those condemned by the Lord were dead];
7:11But you say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever you might be profited by me; he shall be free.
7:12And you allow him no more to do anything for his father or his mother;
7:13Making the word of God of no effect through your tradition, which you have delivered; and many such like things do you.
There is a World of difference between the worthless "values" that many politicians imagine to be the "foundation of America", but are only rotten "planks" in their political "platform", and the ageless "true values" that have been the will of the LORD, GOD, and the will of God, His Angel from the "foundation of the World". Which World do you live in? Which World would you want to live in if you weren't wealthy?
15:2And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lends anything unto his neighbor shall release it["forgive the debt"]; he shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his brother; because it is called the Lord's release.
15:3Of a foreigner you may exact it again; but that which is yours, given to your brother, your hand shall release;
15:4Save when there shall be no poor among you; for the Lord shall greatly bless you in the land which the Lord, your God gives you for an inheritance to possess it;
15:5But only if you carefully hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, to observe to do all these commandments which I command you this day.
15:6For the Lord your God blesses you, as he promised you; and you shall lend unto many nations, but you shall not borrow; and you shall reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over you.
15:7If there be among you a poor man of one of your brethren within any of your gates in your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart, nor shut your hand from your poor brother;
15:8But you shall open your hand wide unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wants.
15:9Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against your poor brother, and you give him nothing; and he cry unto the Lord against you, and it be sin unto you.
15:10You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give unto him; because that for this thing the Lord your God shall bless you in all your works, and in all that you put your hand unto.
15:11For the poor shall never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, saying, You shall open your hand wide unto your brother, to your poor, and to your needy, in your land.
If you are expecting a satisfying conclusion to this presentation, you won't find one. Even though you may want to "Know Good and Evil, and Be Like Gods" in the sense of having comprehensive, or complete knowledge of everything that is good and evil while you are still human— GOD won't allow it. You really wouldn't want to have your mind full of everything that is evil— and GOD doesn't want that for you either.
But if you have begun to realize that you may have mislabeled some of your beliefs and behaviors, you may someday have a supernatural mind given to you by the Most High GOD, that will be capable of comprehending and enjoying everything that GOD believes is Good— and GOD does want that for you.