“Somebody has turned someone that sees a person headed for a pit, and tries to warn them, into something altogether different”
Atheist, and non-believers of all types, often have this frame of mind about God. They tend to think that God says…
“Worship me, and you will go to heaven when you die. Do not worship me, and I will throw you into a lake of fire, and you will be tormented day and night!”
You may be thinking this yourself…
“But isn’t that what the Scriptures teach?” Not at all.
This is being taught, but not by Scripture, and Jesus certainly doesn’t teach this either. If this were the case, then there would be no need for a sacrifice…from anyone. You would just have a simple choice to make. This “simple choice” that is being taught is not free will.
What is free will? This is also being taught, and interpreted in different ways. If you ask me, “worship me or burn” is not much of a choice. Now, un-believers don’t understand that we are simply saying, “Don’t go that way. It’s a trap”.
“Worship me, or I will torture you” is a fable, or a lie. Don’t blame the atheist for thinking this is the case. This is what they were taught. Let’s look at this as a short story, because Jesus prefers this method of teaching above all others.
“Once upon a time, a man set out to trap a thief, and a murderer. The thief stole from him, and killed his friend. The thief boast that he would return, and the man dug a pit to trap the thief. The man then informed all of his friends of his trap, and warned them not to go near it, lest they fall in themselves. You see, the trap has three purposes. To catch the thief, and to hold the thief, and to punish the thief. The trap is permanent, and was built with a one way door, so the importance of staying out of the area was stressed, many, many times to his friends.
One day, one of the servants noticed a villager headed in the direction of the trap. Obviously, he hadn’t heard about it, so he called out, and said, “Hey you. Don’t go that way. It’s a trap”. The Villager replied, “I’ve heard all about your ‘so-called-trap’, and I’m not falling for your trickery”. Then the Villager continued on, and fell into the trap.
How did the Villager hear about the ‘so-called-trap’? When the thief returned to the man’s house, he saw a sign the man had left for him, warning him that the house was now protected from him. Knowing the man as the thief did, he didn’t dare go near the place again. This made the thief very angry, so he started a rumor in the village, and sent the villagers towards the trap, and towards their own doom.
Well that’s up to you. It’s up to me. It’s up to all of the people left with the charge of keeping the man’s house until his return.
This lie that is in some people’s mind, is darkness. These people are ‘pre-trapped’, and headed towards their own doom. They have been lied to, simple as that. So when we as Christians, warn others of the afterlife consequences, we are not recruiting worshippers for a tyrant God. The pit was not dug for us, or any of the Villagers. The lie is this; that we all have to die, and be no more, and there are no choices. This pit was dug for a thief, and a murderer. He does have to die, and be no more. We do not.
This of course leads to another Fable. The Fable of the Faithful Servant, that sacrificed his own life to go into the pit, and try to lead those out that have been fooled by the thief into falling in. He was given the only key there is to that leads out of the pit. The pit was made with a one-way door, and the only way to save these people, was for someone to sacrifice their self, and go into the pit, and build a door. The knowledge of the door is the key, and it was given to only one servant.
This servant holds the key to death, and Hell. This is the story I will tell on my next ‘Morning Fable’ blog.
In closing, I just want to remind you that this “lie” going around that says, “Worship me or else”, was started by the thief.
Jesus never said, “Worship me”. This is what He said…
“Take up your cross...This means ‘Hey you. Come along, with all your emotional baggage, sin, and any other hangups you might have’
And follow me…I am the only way out of this trap. This I know, because my Father built it.”
Pray…..a lot. Period. Reach out you hand to Jesus, and ask Him to guide you through this darkness. I can’t guide you, and neither can your pastor. Jesus made it simple enough. He simply says this… “Follow me”.
He is not saying, “Worship me, or I will throw you into the pit”.