reply to post by ExistentialNightmare
God allows for the taking of Palestine by the Israelites because the inhabitant have we been so horribly sinful.
24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:
25 And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
These cruelties were meant to teach men how to behave and see the ramification of sin upon them; though man refused to be learn in many examples.
Those who bear not good fruits are cast into the fire, to purge them of their evil deeds and turn to good deeds. I do not see the fire as Hell but
rather the reaction of sin. Hell is death which is being absent from God's love, a position one is already in when one commits sin and refuses to do
Destroy both body and soul in Hell, here we come to the abode of Hell after life. I find this verse to reference to the magnificence of God's might
and how He is able to do as He will to preserve those who are good but will not destroy them as is showed in the following verses.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
31 Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
Jesus Christ sending a sword simply means that His teachings will divide people and put them at odds with each other; whether it be at accepting it or
Matthew 11:20-24 just says what will befall the cities for their refusal to repent and love for sin. They shall receive such sin again at their own
injury when they easily could have prevented it by becoming humble and forsaking their evil ways.
Matthew 15:4-6 talks about how the Pharisees have replaced commandment with tradition and would rather do that which was easy (washing their hands)
than that which is hard (obeying the commandments of God). Do I believe that Jesus would want such children killed for disobedience? No, because
remember the woman taking in adultery, how He did not condemn her when such should be killed too? Such is His mercy that He would rather people repent
and learn from their mistakes than have to feel their own sin's wrath upon their own heads.
Jesus speaks in parables so that anyone will really wants to know what they mean may pursue after Him and learn it but they don't. They hear it and
quickly forget about instead of seeking the truth that it relates.
I believe in damnation as a personal choice of each individual, as each one has committed so shall one receive.
5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of
6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
10 But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
11 For there is no respect of persons with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;
13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else
excusing one another
15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own
But there is a better way.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
It is not a need to ingest fear but rather to warn people that consequence of one's own sins can be horrible and dreadful and it is the people
themselves who cause their own destruction.
20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but
thine eyes shall see thy teachers:
21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
Christians are also told to do good works, just some people like to think they can have faith in God but sin whenever they want and to their own lusty
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall
be blessed in his deed.
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
1 John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Please excuse all the verses that littered at the end, but I am sure you are able to maintain yourself over it.
I look forward to your response, good sir.
May God bless you