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"Then the word of Yahweh came to Jeremiah, saying,
'Behold, I am Yahweh, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for me?' Therefore thus says Yahweh: 'Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans, into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall take it. And the Chaldeans who fight against this city shall come and set fire to this city and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs they have offered incense to Baal and poured out drink offerings to other gods, to provoke me to anger; because the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil before me from their youth. For the children of Israel have provoked me only to anger with the work of their hands,' says Yahweh.
'For this city has been to me a provocation of my anger and my fury from the day that they built it, even to this day; so I will remove it from before my face because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger -- they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
And they have turned to me the back, and not the face; though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not listened to receive instruction. But they set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it. And they built the high places of Baal which are in the Valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and daughters to pass through the fire to Molech, which I did not command them, nor did it come into my mind that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.'
'Now therefore,' thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel concerning this city of which you say, 'It shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence:'
'Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in my anger, in my fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be my people, and I will be their God: then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good: but I will put my fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from ne. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all my heart and with all my soul.' For thus says Yahweh: 'Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.'" (Jeremiah 32:26-42)
There is more here in this passage of Scripture than we can possibly talk about in this book. I just want to bring out a few points which might open some new understanding to some people.
First of all, Israel was raised up as a nation by Yahweh to be a light to the nations around them. God wanted a nation of priests who would intercede on behalf of the other nations of the world. (He still does.) They were also to obey his commands.
When Israel went astray, they no longer represented Yahweh. Yahweh judged Israel to bring about correction, not to appease his anger. We see that although Israel certainly did enough to perhaps deserve to be thrown into a Hell of everlasting punishment, he promised to restore them, not eternally torture them. The reason why Yahweh demands that vengeance be in his hands and his hands alone is because only he is able to kill and make alive again. He can resurrect people he previously judged with death. Once man kills, he is unable to bring them back. The hope of Israel has always been in the resurrection of the dead.
When speaking of Israel burning their own children, Yahweh said that such a thing never entered his mind. If God prepared a place in which he was going to torture billions of the human beings he created, how could he say it never entered his mind. Obviously, God never intended to, nor ever will, eternally burn and torture the men and women he created! This cruel teaching came from the same place from which Israel got the idea of burning their own children, that is, from a mind which was not subject to the true God; from a depraved mind.
It seems one of the hardest things for people to understand is that when we do not have a true relationship with the True God, we substitute all sorts of other concepts of God which often cause us to manifest some very strange or evil behavior. Israel is a perfect example. I believe most Christians who believe in a Hell of everlasting burnings would feel Israel's sins were worthy of being sent to Hell. Please note that in the above passage of Scripture Israel did not repent. Yet Yahweh nevertheless promises to "do them good" and to make them once again his people. Here we see a loving Father who punishes to bring about correction, not vindictive rage. Here we see the True image of our Maker, not the modern Christian image which has been made just like Israel made their false image, by mixing the Truth with pagan superstitions and devilish practices.
Modern Christianity is presently in the same condition Israel was during the time of Jeremiah the prophet. Modern Christianity tells unbelievers that the God of Christianity purposes to torture most of them with a fire far more torturous than the fire Israel used on their children. It is very fortunate for these Christians that Yahweh's promises to apostate Israel will also be applied to Christians. You see, if there is anyone who might deserve going to a place of everlasting sufferings, it would be people who have painted such an evil picture of their own God, their own Maker and Father. Yet Jeremiah tells us that our loving Father will forgive even such a horrendous sin as this.
When Jesus in the New Testament used the word which has been incorrectly translated "Hell" in most Christian Bibles, the place he was referring to was this valley in which Israel burned their own children, not God. The place called Gehenna (translated Hell) was the Greek form of the Hebrew Ge Hinnom. This valley became a disgraceful reminder to Israel of what their forefathers did. It became the city dump.
Jesus warned the very generation in which he lived that if they did not repent, they would find themselves thrown into this valley of garbage which burned night and day. To tell a Jew something like this was the absolute worst of insult. It meant that their lives were worthless. A Jew's honor was very important to him especially at his death. It was not uncommon to hire professional mourners at one's funeral. This is an example of how vain God's own people were during Jesus' physical presence on earth. Jesus told some of the most religious people of his day, their lives were only fit to be thrown into the city dump! What an insult! And what a prophecy! The very people who heard these words would find their bodies thrown over the Southwest wall of Jerusalem during the siege against the city in 70 AD. Because they did not follow Christ and participated in his crucifixion, their lives truly did become worthless.
But the God of the Bible is able to take a worthless vessel, throw it back into the mine from which he took it and remake it! (Jeremiah Chapter 18) He can do that with an entire nation and he can do that with a single person like you and me. Oh, please believe me when I say to you that God does not need nor desire to endlessly torture someone. He is able to ultimately bring all of us back to our senses.
I would like those of you who presently do not have faith in the God of the Christian Bible to meditate very carefully on the next point I want to make. Jeremiah, the Hebrew prophet, spoke and recorded these words and many other strong words which painted Israel and its leadership to be a wicked people in the seventh century BC. His words entered into the sacred writings of Israel and were considered inspired. It was the responsibility of the religious leaders of Israel to make copies of these words for every generation which followed. Imagine being a Jewish scribe paid by Jewish political and religious leadership to rewrite the words of the Jewish prophets who were constantly railing against God's leaders. Surely, there would be a great tendency to soften these harsh words aimed at yourself and the Jewish leaders who hired you to rewrite those strong indictments against them and yourself. I find it absolutely amazing that scribes and priests would pass on these words without making enough changes which would put themselves in a better light than the way these prophets described Israel's leadership. The Roman historians who were paid by the Caesars to write Roman history went to great extremes to glorify their leaders. They used the white-wash very heavily. Not so, with the Jewish scribes who handed down from generation to generation the writings which would become the largest part of the Christian Bible.
Since these writings had to be handwritten on sheep-skins which wore out, there were many opportunities for the scribes to "rewrite" the Jewish history which cast them in unfavorable light, but they didn't. If these were just men's words and God wasn't divinely involved with the transference of these words from generation to generation, wouldn't it seem natural that these harsh indictments of Israel would ultimately be softened or completely eliminated by the scribes?
These strong words from Yahweh against Israel have caused Israel much grief. Many men who have hated the Jews have used these passages of Scripture to prove that the Jews were a wicked people who God hated and should therefore be hated by us. I believe these Scriptures in their Hebrew form help prove that the Bible is divinely protected and inspired. Yes, there are translation errors. Yes, there are some minor scribal errors in the Hebrew manuscripts. But the hand of God is clearly on the book which we call the Bible.
One of the many things mankind needed to experience is what it is like to be without the blessings of God; this makes one able to truly appreciate them when they are restored. We generally do not appreciate or value things unless we are deprived of them for a season or unless they are scarce. Many people value gold; few value sand. Once mankind has experienced the measure of lack our Maker has appointed in order for us to learn to appreciate him and our fellow brothers and sisters, he will put an end to suffering, lack of provision, sickness, and all the other sins mankind is presently experiencing.
God does not just give us his nature, he works it into us through our experiences. Ultimately, we will all come to see that Love is the only power which will unite us in peace. God has ordained a very long season for mankind to see the ramifications of what man is like without this love. As we have seen from our generation and previous ones, man is capable of being worse than the beasts in the field. Animals usually kill for food. Man kills his own brothers and sisters for things as worthless as a pair of Nike shoes. Contrary to what many Christians teach, his wrath will not last forever, but his mercy surely will last until he becomes "all in all". Mankind's season of vanity will surely come to an end once we all see the futility of living without him. (Isaiah 57:16; Psalm 145:9)
Oh, brother! Oh, sister! If you truly knew the heart of the Father of us all, you would never entertain for a moment such disgusting thoughts which religious man has created that have stained the precious Name and Character of the Holy One of Israel. Seek the highest thoughts your mind can imagine about our Father and they will greatly fall short of His Glory. Is it so difficult to imagine His Love capable of reaching all of fallen creation? Surely you would never consign one or your own children to such an awful fate. Yet so-called orthodox Christianity will consign most of the human beings he made to this place. Are you more loving, merciful, and compassionate than the Creator and Father of all mankind? Can you now see the spirit from which this hideous teaching comes? It comes from prideful and arrogant dark-minded men and women who through their doctrines tell us their love is greater than God's love! This is the height of pride! And thinking man's will is more powerful than God's will is just as foolish.
To you, my brother or sister of this world, who do not yet personally know the Creator of the Universe and his Son, Jesus Christ, I apologize for the terrible way we, who have used his name, have tarnished his true character. Surely we Christians have marred his image much more than the whips, the crown of thorns, and the nails marred his physical body on the Tree of Crucifixion. It is no wonder that most of mankind has not found refuge and comfort in the shelter of the branches of Christendom. I am deeply sorry. I pray the Holy Spirit whom Jesus promised to send will wipe away the false concepts and ideas which have been perpetrated upon the minds of the peoples of the world. Forgive us, my brothers and sisters. May the idols we have created in place of the True God be smashed and forever destroyed and be replaced with the reality of our Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus the Messiah.
To those of you who seek to project your own lust for vengeance upon your own image of God which is nothing more than a reflection of what is in your own heart, I have nothing to say which will steer you from your course of madness. You, who place yourself above your fellow man through prejudice, nationalism, denominationalism, racism -- you who demand judgment in diabolical measures upon your enemies while you, yourselves, commit the same acts you condemn others to eternal torture for -- you will have your day of judgment. If you do not fall upon the Rock the Rock will fall on you. Eventually you will be humbled. You will be brought down to the place where you will realize your own depravity and wickedness of heart. You will see the depth of your self-righteousness and hypocrisy. You will one day be brought to realize that in God's plan we are all one -- no one has anything which hasn't been given from above -- no one has any right to boast in themselves.
My words will not convince you that you are on the broad road which leads to destruction. You are convinced you are on the narrow road and every one else is on the broad road to destruction. You are convinced the fiend you have painted on the wall of your imagination is the true image of God. Surely, I will not be able to steer you from your course. I leave you in the hands of your Loving Father who knows how to break the pride without destroying his creation. He knows how to do heart surgery like no cardiologist known to man. We, humans, have specialists who can help us with hardening of the arteries. Our Creator is the only One in the universe who is always successful with the disease all of are aflicted by -- hardness of heart. Your Father and mine will one day cure all of us of this dreadful disease and we will be restored with a sound mind, a clean conscience, and a pure heart like his.
Perhaps one of the hardest parts of our Father's plan of Creation to understand is why he allows us to remain in our fallen, self-centered lives so long. Why does he allow us to hurt each other in such awful ways? Religious men and women trapped in their own wicked imaginations have perpetrated some of the most cruel sufferings upon mankind, often upon the most innocent. Yet through much of this suffering, it seems God was asleep, not caring, or dead.
This was why I was so angry with God during my childhood. I could not understand how a loving and all-powerful God would allow the cruelties I had witnessed. It made absolutely no sense to me. However, now, having seen his marvelous plan to work his nature into all of us through our experiences of seeing what life would be like apart from his government upon us, I now can bear the pain. I know now that it is temporary and serves a wonderful purpose for all of our eternal beings.
We have seen with our own eyes what man apart from God is like. We have seen it in religious people, power-hungry, political leaders, and greedy merchants. Some of us have seen it in ourselves. Many are still blind to the wickedness which is in their hearts. They still think they are better than most others. God will eventually let them see what abominations really hide there which they are unwilling to look at. I have tasted the bitter fruit of living in self. It is poison to all of our souls.
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