Man’s ‘truth’ shackles (enslaves)! Why?
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 (http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/israel/diplomacy-defense/135670-170121-you-re-shackled-by-theocratic-tyranny-netanyahu-reaches-out-to-ordinary-iranians): “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.”
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’.