Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Every Knee Shall Bow

Christians and semi-christians love to invoke the Medieval imagery of hell upon those who have committed crimes and heinous acts of inhumanity. With the Boston Bombers and Doctor Gosnell there is a rash of it on social media.  When they do I'm reminded of an older tradition, from the Book of Enoch.  The Book of Enoch that was accepted as scripture by Jesus, the Apostles, the Jews of his era and early Christians, we assume because they all quote it quite a bit.  (hard to understand why it isn't in the canon ) . . . anyway, it says that when unjust rulers and judges and their henchmen die, that they are literally flattened like a shadow on the ground at a distance but before the throne of God,  suffering under the weigh of holiness they cannot bear, where they shout praises to "the ancient of days" (which in Enoch is the Messiah) trying to flatter him, and that they beg people closer to the throne to plead their case. It says that ultimately the Holy Spirit tires of the noise and will roar blowing them into torment, as if the presence of Holiness crushing evil isn't the worst torment possible.  I really like this image, better than some Medieval imagery. It is a worse hell than fire,  in that it places the people at a long distance in the consciousness of Christ's Kingship, and leaves them with hope that their old false ways might work so that flattened and suspended in regret, facing Truth Himself and knowing for decades and centuries till judgment day that they are SCREWED, they flatter and scream for mercy, and beg people in better positions to plead their case.  We see a shadow of this in Jesus parable of the Rich man and Lazarus:

"Now there was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen, enjoying himself splendidly every day. 

Luk 16:20  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores, who had been placed at his gate, 
Luk 16:21  and longing to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. And even the dogs came and would lick his sores. 
Luk 16:22  And it came to pass that the beggar died, and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 
Luk 16:23  And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham from afar, and Lazarus in his bosom. 
Luk 16:24  Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am suffering in this flame.' 
Luk 16:25  But Abraham said, 'Child, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things, but now here he is comforted and you are suffering. 
Luk 16:26  And besides all this, between us and you a great gulf has been fixed, so that those who desire to cross over from here to you are not able, nor may those from there cross over to us.' 

BTW the imagery in Enoch is not in conflict with Isaiah and Saint Paul - “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”   Fundamentalists like to think of Judgment Day as an “earth day” just like they like to think of the days of creation as “earth days.”  Time is irrelevant in eternity, and that BOW may be eons long.  

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