TERRY: There is an item that I overlooked in our last interview, should I go back and redact that interview?
GOD: No just continue the theme.
TERRY: We agreed that you are not bound to enforce any curse that is laid down, even by righteous or good people. Therefore those Jews, Moslems and Christians who taunted dark skinned people telling them that they must be slaves according to Noah’s curse were at the best misusing the contents of the book of Genesis?
GOD: Much worse, they were deliberately causing confusion by ignoring one of the most compelling sections of the holy writings. What does Exodus, chapter 20, verses 5 and 6 say?
TERRY: From the King James version:
5. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me;
6. And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
TERRY: Now the word ‘generation” (in square brackets) is a translator’s insertion to make the original Hebrew more intelligible in English. But we should note that other translations also make insertions in verse 6 to read … the thousandth generation …. These clarifications suggest that you are always working to stop curses within four generations, or about 120 years. Roughly the time for an obvious genetic defect to breed out.
GOD: Correct and you must conclude that any preacher or teacher who teaches: that a race of people is cursed or enslaved after four thousand years because of the curse of Noah; is teaching an evil error! WE are concerned to do our best to ameliorate such curses as soon as WE can. WE do not enjoy people who blame us and distort our word, either deliberately or carelessly.
TERRY: We agreed that you are not bound to enforce any curse that is laid down no matter how good and well intentioned the curser was. Well what happens if YOU lay down the curse?
GOD: But WE do not do this! WE do our best to eliminate curses, but WE limit our work by inspiring humans to do the right thing.
TERRY: Aha, but Deuteronomy, chapter 11, reads:
26. Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;
27. A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day:
28. And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
GOD: Get that quote into context, who is alleged to be speaking?
GOD: And he is telling the obvious. WE had just inspired a set of laws that would help those people cope with life and all its adversities; verse 28 merely predicts that disobeying those rules will lead to obvious mental confusion and embarrassment, to say nothing of physical discomfort. WE repeat: WE don’t enforce curses. WE constantly try to inspire you humans to do the right things.
TERRY: OK then how about Genesis, chapter 12:
1. Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:
2. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
GOD: WE are glad you included the context of that conversation. Nations are always blessed when they cooperate for mutual good; similarly when nations do not cooperate for mutual good then disasters occur. This is a natural rule, or law. You can see that the innocent will suffer along with the guilty. WE certainly have never felt any need to enforce such curses. Take verse 3 as a whole; don’t just extract the bit you want to win a futile argument.
TERRY: How about the recovery of Germany after the Second World War? These people persecuted and killed the Jews and then emerged as an ‘economic miracle’. They don’t seem to be cursed at all.
GOD: Look the German people suffered dreadfully. But the German people were truly repentant when they realised what had happened and they have made genuine efforts of reparation and restoration to the Jewish people.
Why do you confuse the term ‘economic miracle’ with ‘blessing’?
TERRY: Yes that was a real WASP error on my part.
GOD: WE do wish you would read the gospels more often and more closely. Jeshua went to such pains to teach that economic advantage or gain should never be used to define moral goodness, let alone a blessing.
TERRY: Still on the subject of curses laid on the Jewish race; I remember reading (and I was also told) that the reason
the Jewish people suffered during the second World War because of a curse they laid on themselves.
In Matthew, chapter 27, we read:
25. Then answered all the people, and said, His blood [be] on us, and on our children. This was said by the Jewish mob who wanted Jesus executed, for reasons that can only be connected to political and religious hysteria. Wasn’t that a genuine curse?
GOD: Note the square bracket in that quote. How does Stern translate that verse? Because In his translation, he has deconstructed it from Greek back into Aramaic, before retranslating into English.
TERRY: 25. All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!” Yes I can see a difference. The old English translation has an insertion that makes the statement look like the people are calling down a curse on themselves for all time; while Stern’s translation seems to say more simply that ‘they will take the present responsibility for this decision’. Within about a generation, the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed for all time (up to now).
GOD: You are starting to get our point, the curses and blessings, and even the prophesies, referred to in Holy Scriptures indicate likely outcomes. The laws we try to inspire are for your guidance and mutual benefit. WE are not obliged to physically intervene to justify or enforce these laws, or even justify prophecies.
By the way, what does it mean to be “covered by the blood of Jesus” in modern evangelical terminology?
TERRY: Well it means to be saved as a Christian, through your grace.
GOD: Then why are you all so sure that those Jews weren’t asking to be saved? WE didn’t like their mob behaviour or their stubborn ways, but WE do love them as a people.
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