killing God

 

LucasCranach_Massacre_of_the_Innocents

The Massacre of the Innocents (detail) by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1515), National Museum in Warsaw 

The above painting is Cranach’s depiction of the biblical narrative of infanticide by Herod the Great, the Roman-appointed King of the Jews. According to the Gospel of Matthew,[1]

When the Magi had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. Get up, he said, take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him. So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old or under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Matt. 2:13-18

The purpose of Herod’s order to kill all the boys surrounding Bethlehem, two years and younger, had one specific child as its target, Immanuel, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, the ONE child the wise men had traversed afar to worship. The rest of the children caught up in the murder were mere collateral damage, which can be likened to the innocent babies that are slaughtered (57 million+ since 1973) at the hand of the abortion industry.

Herod never considered his decree as an attempt to “kill God”, his only focus was the prophecy concerning a child that was to be “the king of the Jews”… political in nature… sounds all too familiar!

Now Satan (the spirit behind the curtain), quite the contrast. He had a very specific agenda, it was to kill the Messiah. After all he is a liar and a murderer from the beginning, and the lust of the father, his children will do.

 


America’s Killing of God-

“gott ist tot” – German translation- “God is dead”

Gott ist tot is the all familiar quote by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. It first appears in Nietzsche’s 1882 collection The Gay Science (German: Die fröhliche Wissenschaft), in sections 108 (New Struggles), 125 (The Madman), and for a third time in section 343 (The Meaning of our Cheerfulness). It is also found in Nietzsche’s classic work Thus Spoke Zarathustra (German: Also sprach Zarathustra), which is most responsible for popularizing the phrase. The idea is stated in "The Madman" as follows: God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it? — Nietzsche, The Gay Science, Section 125, tr. Walter Kaufmann [2]

At face value, the quote has quite the negative connotation, imagine man’s futile attempt to “kill God”.

The Philosophy Index, a philosophical think tank, that provides  interpretations of philosophical works and an overview of the basics in philosophy, says the quote is often taken out of context.

 

The meaning of the phrase is often misunderstood — many have interpreted that Nietzsche believed in a literal death or end of God. Instead, the line points to the western world’s reliance on religion as a moral compass and source of meaning.

Nietzsche’s works express a fear that the decline of religion, the rise of atheism, and the absence of a higher moral authority would plunge the world into chaos. The western world had depended on the rule of God for thousands of years — it gave order to society and meaning to life. Without it, Nietzsche writes, society will move into an age of nihilism. Although Nietzsche may have been considered a nihilist by definition, he was critical of it and warned that accepting nihilism would be dangerous. [3]

 

ni·hil·ism ˈnīəˌlizəm,ˈnēəˌlizəm/

noun -the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.

synonyms:
skepticism, negativity, cynicism, pessimism;

  • PHILOSOPHY-extreme skepticism maintaining that nothing in the world has a real existence.
  • HISTORICAL-the doctrine of an extreme Russian revolutionary party circa 1900, which found nothing to approve of in the established social order.

The Philosophy Index’s take on what Nietzsche’s thoughts on nihilism, and what his quote truly meant, is the topic for consideration.

 


What would America, devoid of a moral compass look like?

What would the Western world that had depended on God for hundreds of years, which gave order to society and meaning to life look like if they forsook the same?

Spend some time watching the news as to what is happening in the world, more importantly, what is happening in America.

The culprit is not  nihilism, the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless, it is a society that is devoid of Yahweh and His Messiah. What Herod attempted and failed to do at the birth of Jesus, the religious folk of Christ day attempted the same, yet NO man took His life, He laid it down, an offering for sin. He who knew no sin, became sin that we might have His righteousness.

As America continues to allow God’s presence and influence to be pushed from her society, we shall surely see the demise of the same. Consider the following admonition…

Mat 12:43  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 
Mat 12:44  Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Mat 12:45  Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

… Just look at the United States of America.

brother malachi

 

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_of_the_Innocents#cite_note-Jer3115-3

[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_is_dead

[3] http://www.philosophy-index.com/nietzsche/god-is-dead/

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