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Man’s ‘truth’ shackles (enslaves)! Why?

January 22, 2017

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I just returned from my regular visit to a Baptist church not far from my venue here in Tucson, Arizona. The message today was ‘the truth sets us free’. The pastor, a nice friendly person, with substantial knowledge and understanding on spiritual issues has his audience of pew sitters (members) convinced that his message is mostly absolute and final as it derives from Holy Scripture (his view of ‘words’ directly derived from his God). Here is the passage from the Gospel of John which was this pastor’s reference point for his message today:

“So He (Yeshua) said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33“We are Abraham’s descendants (select Jews responded),” they answered. “We have never been slaves to anyone. How can You say we will be set free? 34  Yeshua answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

The above ‘words’ are viewed by this pastor and many other pastors as ‘words’ derived from God Almighty (YHWH). As in the mind of this pastor, Yeshua was equal (in fact he was) God (YHWH). This means, in the mind of this Baptist pastor that his message is absolute for all his group think members and that everyone buying into his message are and can be SET FREE (free from internal ‘sin’ and enslavement). Sin enslaves and Yeshua has set all his pew sitters (called Christians) FREE absolutely (seemed to be the message)!

But is this a valid view of reality in real-time (as we live it today)? Does this pastor and his members/visitors, live with real freedom as they consume these ‘words’ of scripture from a Holy Book? I don’t think so! In reality, this pastor has his entire audience in spiritual ‘shackles’ to a theocratic tyranny (and he seems totally unaware of this reality). Benjamin Netanyahu just recently said via his Facebook page (January 21) that the Iranian people also live under a theocratic tyranny. Benjamin sees the ‘other’ (his Iranian neighbors as enslaved) but he does not see within himself (his bondage) IMO.

Benjamin says via Facebook ( “Acknowledging he has addressed the Iranian leadership countless times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday reached out to ordinary Iranians, calling them to break away from the shackles of Islamic authoritarianism via a video message posted to social media.”

“Speaking in English with Persian subtitles, the Israeli leader said people in the Islamic Republic, Israel’s main regional foe, would “want to be able to speak freely, to love who you want without the fear of being tortured or hung from a crane. Tragically, you are shackled by a theocratic tyranny (says Benjamin). In a free Iran you will once again be able to flourish without limit. But today, a cruel regime is trying to keep you down.”

What a paradox…I witness within our real-time markets!  Both this Baptist pastor (mentioned above) and this Jewish Prime Minister (from the nation of Israel) live under a view that most people are in shackles and/or are enslaved to authoritarian leaders who desire to impose their concepts of ‘truth’ upon the many. Netanyahu is thinking of Islam and the Baptist pastor Christianity. Does he have a point? What is the ‘paradox’?
I would suggest that Benjamin has a valid philosophical point but, simultaneously, he does not recognize that he (himself) is also creating shackles and enslavement with his rulership, control, and impositions. He has a ‘beam’ in his own eye and can not SEE that he is the problem (just as much as all the other ‘authoritarian’ leaders who rule over others are the problem). The Iranian leaders enslave Iranian people and Netanyahu enslaves his own people and many others who must bow to Israeli military might.
All our various religious pastors and teachers also live with this ‘paradox’. They imply that their ‘interpretations’ from a Holy Book or a set of legal rules/laws are absolute for everyone within their domain but they can not discern that THEY themselves are equally the PROBLEM with their enslavement and their shackles on others UNDER their rule/authority. What a paradox and injustice on the many who must live with this enslavement and the shackles which get imposed upon them.
Man’s concepts of ‘truth’ (in real-time) are meant mostly to enslave and shackle the vast majority of innocent citizens (who think that man’s ‘truth’ sets them free). Since most people are followers of select strongmen (spiritual strongmen and political strongmen) they are unable to break FREE from the ‘words’ of these leaders who can not SEE the ‘beam’ in their own EYE (their lack of full ‘truth’). The implication of these so-called ‘truth tellers’ is that THEY can discern final/absolute TRUTH but the general people can not! Words in a Holy Book can be ‘interpreted’ with final meaning for the many is their paradigm. The ‘assumption’ is that the ‘words’ come from God and can be ‘interpreted absolutely (for their followers)!
The message of today’s Baptist pastor is that the ‘words’ of John 8:32 are ‘words’ which set people FREE in real-time (now). He implied that his pew sitters (members) who live by his ‘interpretations’ of scripture are witnessing FINAL/ABSOLUTE TRUTH (directly from God Almighty). The ‘assumption’ is that his ‘interpretations’ of scripture equal that of God Almighty. Is this person deceived or what? Think about the message being sent by Netanyahu and this Baptist pastor. They KNOW best (for all their enslaved followers) and the PROBLEM is not them but the other! What a paradox! Tyranny should be the message IMO. I am:
Some additional ‘words’ for your considerations:
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23 And He (Yeshua) said to them, “You (the spiritual authorities) are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world (the man centered system); I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I (Yeshua) said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He (the Messiah), you will die in your sins.”

25 Then they (those leaders in power at that time) said to Him, “Who are You?”

And Yeshua said to them, “Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 26 I have many ‘words’ to say and to judge concerning you (the spiritual leaders), but He who sent Me is true (referring to his God, Yahweh/Elah); and I speak to the world those ‘words’ which I heard from Him (Yahweh/Elaha).”

27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father (YHWH in Hebrew, Elah in Aramaic, Father or Creator in English). They were mostly ‘deceived’!

28 Then Yeshua said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He (the Messiah), and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father (YHWH/Elah/Creator) taught Me, I speak these ‘words’.

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