God's "Chosen" People
Almost every religion teaches that its followers are the "chosen people". Muslims believe that only they will see Paradise. Evangelicals believe that only those who "accept" Yeshua are "saved". This is a great marketing ploy. "Join us and do what we tell you and enjoy eternal bliss. Reject the offer and suffer eternal torment". Great marketing, lousy theology.
Christianity teaches that God is a trinity; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The word spirit comes from the Greek spiro, which means breath.
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
There are 42 references in the Bible to breath. The message is clear. Without the breath (Spirit) of God, there can be no life. So the Holy Spirit is present in all living things. This would mean that we are all "chosen" to receive the Spirit of God, not just those who "accept" a certain marketing pitch.
> God chose them because Abraham was willing to sacrifice everything God told him to. Abraham must have had his doubts and reservations but following God's instructions was more than all his doubts. That is faith, measured in abundance and overflowing.
> God's purpose for the Jews are an example for all the rest of humanity. Follow God faithfully and be rewarded. Stray from His Grace and He won't intervene. When the Jews are following God in faith as Abraham did nothing can touch them or hurt them no matter how big the numbers are that opposes them. When they get to feeling their own worth and believing in their own press God steps away and their enemies of overwhelming hatred and numbers subjugates them and kills them.
> God anointed the Jews as teachers and leaders to the rest of the world what He will do for those who have faith and believe. It is also what He will do for those who have no faith or lose faith.
This is the central theme of the marketing pitch. "Do what God tells you and He will reward you. Fail to do what God tells you and He will punish you. Since God could not be here in person, He sent us to relay His message. So do what we tell you to do or burn in hell". Again, great marketing, lousy theology.
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Most people do not understand what is meant by taking the Lord's name in vain. The word translated as "vain" is the Hebrew "shav", which means devastation or destruction. In other words, when faced with devastation, we should not blame God. So when you say "It is also what He will do for those who have no faith or lose faith", you are blaming God for the destruction which befell them. You are taking the Lord's name in vain.
God is not a homicidal maniac. He is not a criminal. If I walk into a store, pull out a gun and say "do what I tell you or I'll blow your brains out", how many crimes am I guilty of? Yet this is the same message preached by religious marketers. "Do what we tell you or God will send you to eternal torment". Like I said, God is not a criminal.
> One doesn't have to be a Jew to be in God's Grace. Yeshua died for everyone's sin if they will accept him as their sacrifice. Next time you think of Judaism and give anti semitism a pass, keep in mind the purpose they were chosen not the reason.
> And remember you are in God's classroom. Focus on the lesson and try and earn a passing grade.
The whole concept of earning God's grace fails on so many points, I don't know where to start. First, it means that God is waiting to see what we will do before deciding what He will do. You can't give a grade until the student takes the test. So God doesn't have a clue what's going to happen next. He is bound by the same laws of physics that we are. So the laws of physics are stronger than the will of God. Wrong.
Second, this implies that it is possible for me to violate the will of God. "That may be what God wants but I have a better idea". What kind of God would let an idiot like me drive the bus? What kind of egomaniac would believe that our will can override the will of God?
We are all "chosen" to receive the breath (Spirit) of God. If we listen to the Spirit within us, good things will happen. If we choose to ignore that voice, evil usually follows. But it was not God's punishment. It was a natural result of my own arrogance and stupidity. There's a lot more I could say but I'll save that for future posts.