Journal of Heresies

My search for truth in a world of deceit.

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I have what is probably an insatiable desire to search out the answers to what may be impossible questions.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Speaking Of The Devil

There is a children's song (I don't know the title) in which the lyrics say: "If the sinner's in the road, I will scoop and pick him up... if the devil's in the road I will run right over him."

Kids like this song because when they get to the last verse, they stomp across the room gleefully pretending to run over the devil. The last verse of this song bothers me quite a bit. I ask myself if this is really the attitude that we should have and promote? Clearly we should resist the devil, but should we gleefully trample on him? I think of Yahshua (Jesus) during his temptation. He met the devil in the road and what did Yahshua do? He had a conversation with him!

Peter writes in 2 Pet 2:10-11: "Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties, whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgement against them before the Lord."

And Jude writes in verse 9: "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgement, but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!' "

If the highest angels don't even speak against the devil, why do some people feel we should gleefully trample him? Some will say: "but we will bruise the snakes head, we will tread on snakes and scorpians, we will judge the angels." If we do all those things, we should not do it with glee but with mercy, humility and perhaps even sorrow. We should beware that we ourselves do not become the accuser and revel in the demise of others, because in so doing we become satan and condemn ourselves.

Today, I was looking at comments regarding Ariel Sharon's state of health and was disturbed to see the glee of some people, including Christians, with which they condemn him. Reading their comments made me think of those lyrics...

Their comments also made me think of Yahshua on his way to the cross. Those who condemned him thought he was their enemy, they spat on him and mocked him with glee, unaware that he had come to bring faith, hope and life. Yahshua did not ask for retributions, but prayed that they be forgiven. There were also two others hanging beside Yahshua, the one gleefully mocking even as he suffered a similar death, and the other humble and merciful. We should reflect on our own attitudes, and pray that we possess the attitude of the God fearing criminal.


Blogger lkn4truth said...

Great blog entry. I wish more people, including myself, would remember that we do not currently sit in judgement over angels and better stop thinking we do! Work out your OWN salvation with fear and trembling and show some respect. These beings were here before us. They know a BOAT load more than any of us know having beein in the presence of the Almighty themselves. Who are we to presume we know their motives, their thoughts, and to pass judgement on them while we ourselves are sinners? Yes, scripture tells us that the devil and his kingdom will come to an end but as you so aptly pointed out, even Michael did not dare bring an accusation against our accuser. Now why do you think that is? If Michael, who presumably was there when Lucifer rebelled, does not feel worthy to condemn our accuser then who are we to do it? Let the Almighty deal with the fallen hosts and let's focus on cleaning ourselves up and praying for mercy.

8:40 AM, January 25, 2006  

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