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Did God Allow Noah To Eat Meat?

The passage of Genesis 9:2-4 was the subject of great debate and controversy. After years of study and research and virtually leaving no stone unturned on the subject, to date I have not read a commentary on the passage which is worthy of a serious consideration. Generally it is argued that here we have the first biblical passage where God explicitly told Noah that he may kill any animal he wanted to in order to eat its flesh. Even vegetarians who abhor meat eating and who practice vegetarianism on ethical grounds admit that here we are faced with a biblical text which clearly sanctions the killing of animals and eating of their flesh. All they can say is that due to the fallen and corrupt nature of humanity God gave a “concession” concerning meat diet but it was not His ideal as in Genesis 1:30 where God ideally prescribed a completely vegetarian diet. But nothing can be further from the truth.
 

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Did Jesus Eat Fish?

 There is only one passage in the whole of the New Testament where it is explicitly and specifically said that Jesus actually ate meat. If this text is true and genuine and in fact inspired by the Holy Spirit, then it would follow that Jesus was not and could not have been a vegetarian. But if on the other hand it can be satisfactorily demonstrated that this passage in Luke 24 is actually a forgery, then it follows that Jesus must have been a vegetarian, since a lying hand felt a need to insert a lying passage in order to portray Jesus as a carnivorous being.

I have created this Web site in order to promote biblical vegetarianism and ethical treatment of animals. Many lies have been told in the name of God, Yahweh and Jesus. Some of these lies are exposed in my articles on this Web site. I do not ask you to blindly accept my views. I do not ask you to even agree with my views. I merely ask you to read some of these articles with an open and unbiased mind and then to draw your own conclusions. I do not claim to be a bigshot or to have all the answers. But what I know I am willing to share with the world in hope that this alternative theology will at least partially lift the veil of deception from eyes of those who sincerely want to know the Truth. May the Most High bless your understanding as you seek His perfect will.

JOHN VUJICIC



 
The Evil Side of Yahweh PDF Print E-mail
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The adherents of Rabbinical Judaism and Normative Christianity regard Yahweh as their God and the creator of universe. In my article 'Yahweh Was One of the Sons of El Elyon' I have demonstrated that this is not the case and that Yahweh was in fact ONE OF THE SONS of the Most High God. James said that this Most High God is the Father of lights who does no evil and that He does not tempt anyone [James 1:13-18]. In the Gospel of John we are told that the true God was never seen by anyone and that He was revealed by Jesus [John 1:18]. Moses saw Yahweh and spoke with him face to face - as friends do: 

 

"Yahweh would speak to Moses face to face, as a man would speak with his friend" [Exodus 33:11]. 

 

In Numbers 12 where we are told that Aaron and Miriam complained against Moses, we read that Yahweh spoke to his prophets in DREAMS and VISIONS, but not so with Moses: 

 

"...with him I speak face to face...he sees the form of Yahweh" [verses 6-8]. 

 

In Exodus 24:9-11 we are told that Yahweh was seen not only by Moses but also by other nobles of Israel and that he did not kill them even though they saw him:  

 

"Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel,  and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank" [Exodus 24:9-11].   

 

Paul said that the true God and the Father of Jesus lived in an unapproachable light Who alone has true self inherent immortality and that this true God cannot be seen:  

 

"that you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen" [1 Timothy 6:14-16]. 

 

Since Jesus and Paul state that the true God, the Father of Jesus, was never seen nor can He be seen by mortals, and since James, the brother of Jesus, said that this true God tempts no man nor does He do any evil at all, but gives only good gifts - it is clear then that the Most High, that is, El Elyon is not Yahweh. Yahweh was seen by mortals face to face. He tempted people and he did great evils. This is not what I say but Yahweh himself admits that he is the source of evil and not just good. He is both good and evil - something we should expect since he was the Son of El Elyon. Yahweh along with his brothers who were appointed by El Elyon to rule the nations He gave them as inheritance, magnified himself above all the gods and boasted that he was the only God. But he nevertheless plainly admitted that he is the source of evil just as he is the source of good. In fact, his very nature is a mixture of good and evil - just as are the laws and commands he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. In Isaiah 45:6-7 Yahweh states: 

 

“That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me, I am Yahweh, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, AND CREATE EVIL: I Yahweh do all these things.” 

 

The King James Bible translates the Hebrew word “ra” literally and correctly as “evil.” Some other modern English versions render the word “ra” as “disaster” and “calamity.” All three words primarily imply “suffering,” “injury,” and “misfortune.” Thus Isaiah 45:6-7 ascribes EVIL to Yahweh just as it ascribes peace or good. 

 

Amos 3:6: 

 

“If there is EVIL in a city, is it not YAHWEH WHO DOES IT”? 

 

The text plainly says that all manner of evil which befall a city are directly and personally caused by Yahweh. 

 

Isaiah 54:16 - The Interlinear Hebrew-English Bible, by J.P. Green: 

 

“Behold, I have created the smith who blows the coal in the fire, and who brings out a weapon for his work; and I have created the WASTER to DESTROY.” 

 

Here Yahweh says that it is actually he who creates weapons since he created the smith. He also claims responsibility for destruction since he created the “shachat,” that is, “waster,” “destroyer.” 

 

Proverbs 16:4: 

 

“Yahweh has made all for his purpose: yea, even the WICKED for the day of EVIL.” 

 

Who made everything in order to accomplish his purpose? Who made the wicked or sinner to be an instrument of evil in the day of evil? The text plainly says that it was Yahweh.When Moses conversed with Yahweh at the burning bush, he told him to choose someone else since he was not an eloquent speaker. This is what Yahweh replied: 

 

“Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Is it not I, Yahweh?” 

 

I have a nephew who was born with no limbs - that is, no arms and no legs. He is now a “born again” Christian and a motivation speaker. He says that in his earlier years he often wondered why did God “allow” him to be born with no limbs. This is a typical Christian response when they face anything that is bad or evil. Why does God “allow” evil to occur? - that is their motto. My reply to this is: Yahweh did not merely allow someone or something to interfere but he personally and directly causes people to be born blind, mute, deaf, deformed, mutilated, with two heads, hermaphrodites, that is, intersexual or children with both sexes, asexual, those born without either sex, Siamese twins, and with host of other deformities. So please stop blaming Satan for the things that according to your own Bible your very God Yahweh does.   

 

Joshua 23:15: 

 

“Therefore it shall come to pass, that AS GOOD THINGS come upon you, WHICH YAWHEH your God promised you; so shall YAHWEH BRING UPON YOU ALL EVIL THINGS.” 

 

Who did Joshua say was to bring about the EVIL upon the Israelites if they disobeyed? The same one who brought about GOOD. That is, Yahweh. Yahweh is responsible for both GOOD and EVIL. 

 

Job 2:10: 

 

“What? shall we receive GOOD AT THE HAND OF GOD, and SHALL WE NOT RECEIVE EVIL?.” 

 

Job believed and was convinced that both GOOD and EVIL came forth from the hand of ELOAH . Whatever Job said to this point was true and correct since it is said in the same verse: 

 

“In all this did Job not sin with his lips.” 

 

 Nehemiah 13:18:  

 

“Did not OUR GOD BRING ALL THIS EVIL upon us, and upon this city?”  

 

Nehemiah did not believe that the sufferings and evil the Jews experienced in Babylon were caused by Satan. He actually believed and plainly stated that ALL EVIL which the Jews suffered was brought upon them by their OWN GOD. 

 

1 Kings 9:9: 

 

“therefore has Yahweh BROUGHT upon them ALL THIS EVIL.”  

 

The Jews told Jeremiah that they would obey Yahweh and do what He tells them - whether He commands them to do GOOD or EVIL: 

 

“Whether it be GOOD, or whether it be EVIL, we will obey the voice of Yahweh our God.”  

 

The Jews of Jeremiah’s day believed that their God Yahweh could command them to do either GOOD or EVIL.

 

Jeremiah 36:3: 

 

“It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the EVIL which I intend to do to them.” 

 

Jeremiah 32:42: 

 

“For thus says Yahweh: Just as I have brought all this great EVIL upon this people, so I will bring upon them all the GOOD that I promise them.” 

 

Please note the contrast. As Yahweh had done EVIL so he promised to do GOOD.  

 

Jeremiah 36:31: 

 

“And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity; I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the EVIL that I have pronounced against them.”  

 

Jeremiah 49:37 

 

I will terrify Elam before their enemies, and before those who seek their life; I will bring EVIL upon them, my fierce anger, says Yahweh. I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them;" 

 

Ezekiel 6:10: 

 

“And they shall know that I am Yahweh; I have not said in vain that I would do this EVIL to them.” 

 

Micah 2:3: 

 

“Therefore thus says Yahweh: Behold, against this family I am devising EVIL, from which you cannot remove your necks; and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be an EVIL time.”  

 

1 Kings 21:29:

 

Have you seen how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself before me, I will not bring the EVIL in his days; but in his son's days I will bring the EVIL upon his house.”  

 

Did Ahab humble himself before Satan or Yahweh? Is Satan or Yahweh speaking in this passage? 

 

2 Chronicles 34:24: 

 

“Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will bring EVIL upon this place and upon its inhabitants, all the curses that are written in the book which was read before the king of Judah.” 

 

Who promised the Israelites REWARDS and abundant BLESSINGS for their obedience of the Law - Satan or Yahweh? And who promised them CURSES and great EVIL for their disobedience? Please note the following excerpts from the 28th chapter of the book of Deuteronomy which plainly show that it was Yahweh who promised both GOOD and EVIL to the Israelites. Good if they obey His voice and His Law and EVIL if they forsake Him and disobey His Law: 

 

“And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD [Yahweh] thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD [Yahweh] thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these BLESSINGS shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD [Yahweh] thy God. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store…The LORD [Yahweh] SHALL COMMAND THE BLESSING UPON THEE…The LORD [Yahweh] shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. And the LORD [Yahweh] shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD [Yahweh] thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe them and to do them…But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD [Yahweh] thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that ALL THESE CURSES shall come upon thee, and overtake thee: Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep…The LORD [Yahweh] shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. The LORD [Yahweh] shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he has consumed thee from off the land…The LORD [Yahweh] shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish. And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron. The LORD [Yahweh] shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust; from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed…The LORD [Yahweh] will smite thee with the botch of Egypt…The LORD [Yahweh] shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart…The LORD [Yahweh] shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head…And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters…If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book…then the LORD [Yahweh] will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance…And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD [Yahweh] rejoiced over you to DO YOU GOOD, and to MULTIPLY YOU; so the LORD [Yahweh] WILL REJOICE OVER YOU TO DESTROY YOU, AND TO BRING YOU TO NOUGHT.” 

 

As Yahweh blesses and rewards those who obey him so he curses and punishes those who disobey. As he brings about prosperity and blessing for obedience so he brings about suffering and curses for disobedience. It has nothing to do with Satan. Satan does not punish those who obey him and do his will. Jesus said that Satan does not cast out Satan. He also said that if Satan was to rebel against himself and those who are his then his kingdom could not stand.  

 

Micah 1:12: 

 

“For the inhabitants of Maroth wait anxiously for good, because EVIL has come down from Yahweh to the gate of Jerusalem.”  

 

2 Samuel 12:11-12:  

 

“Thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will raise up EVIL against you out of your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly; but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.”  

 

Did Satan or Yahweh send this message to David? Did Satan or Yahweh promise EVIL against David’s house because he killed Uriah and took his wife? Did Satan or Yahweh cause Absalom to rebel against his father and rape his concubines? The text plainly says that it was YAHWEH and not Satan.

 

1 Kings 14:10: 

 

“Therefore behold, I will bring EVIL upon the house of Jerobo'am, and will cut off from Jerobo'am every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will utterly consume the house of Jerobo'am, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone." 

 

2 Kings 21:12: 

 

“Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing upon Jerusalem and Judah such EVIL that the ears of every one who hears of it will tingle." 

 

There are scores of other passages I could refer to which clearly show that the Jewish, Muslim and Christian God claims responsibility for EVIL and many BAD things. Now I will refer to certain passages which demonstrate clearly how this God of the Bible actually discriminately punishes and condemns the innocent with the wicked and brings EVIL even on those who are absolutely innocent.  

 

According to Genesis 3 Adam and Eve partook of the forbidden tree. God punished them and threw them out of the Garden of Eden. He also cursed the serpent. But the punishment did not stop there. God proceeded to curse and punish the innocent also. He cursed the whole earth and the solar system and subjected it to decay. He also subjected all animals, birds and fish of the sea to pain, suffering and death - although they had nothing to do with the alleged sin of Adam, Eve and the serpent. God also punished all future mothers for the disobedience of Eve. All mothers were made to suffer pain in childbirth although they were innocent from the guilt of Eve. God also punished all Adam’s posterity and decreed that all humanity must suffer horrific ordeals and ultimately die because of the disobedience of one single individual. Here God of the Bible clearly reveals his evil and vile character. He indiscriminately punished the innocent with the guilty. 

 

When delivering Israelites from Egypt, Yahweh deliberately hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that he may bring great evil and disaster on the land of Egypt. The first plague caused all the water in Egypt to become blood. Yahweh thus forced all the innocent in the land to drink blood and receive the same punishment as the guilty. There were at least some insane and mentally retarded people in Egypt. There were also thousands of little children who were innocent and to whom, according to Jesus, belongs the kingdom of heaven. But your God  made them suffer along with the guilty. All the innocent animals were also indiscriminately subjected to suffering for the sin which had nothing to do with them [Exodus 7:14-25]. 

 

The third plague brought lice on every living soul in Egypt - infants, insane and all innocent animals [Exodus 8:16-19]. 

 

In the fifth plague Yahweh specifically targeted the innocent animals of Egypt and struck them with disease and thus brought their premature death [Exodus 9:1-7].  

 

In the sixth plague Yahweh caused severe boils to appear on all living souls in Egypt. Infants and children and all innocent animals of Egypt were made to suffer severe pain so that Yahweh could show Pharaoh how great he is [Exodus 9:8-12].  

 

In the seventh and eight plagues, Yahweh specifically targeted beautiful nature and the living plants of Egypt as if the plants had anything to do with Pharaoh’s sin. 

 

In the tenth plague Yahweh indiscriminately murdered all the firstborn in Egypt. All firstborn children, no matter how little they were - perished at the sword of the Angel of Death. All firstborn animals likewise were slaughtered because of the evil nature of the canonical God of Judaism and Christianity. There is something else to note here. Even the firstborn children of the slaves in Egypt were slaughtered. Just what did they have to do with the sin of Pharaoh or the sufferings of the Israelites when they themselves were slaves and suffered the same yoke? But Yahweh indiscriminately murdered them all and commanded that in future, millions of animals be butchered and sacrificed in memory of the slaughter and to remind the Israelites that their firstborn were spared. This was indeed the GREAT EVIL which Yahweh personally brought upon Egypt. And Moses himself said that the deeds of Yahweh in Egypt were in fact EVIL. Deuteronomy 6:22: 

 

“And Yahweh displayed great wonders and EVIL upon Egypt.” 

 

In the Centre Reference of the King James Bible we are told that the word “sore” should be actually translated “evil” - since the Hebrew word “ra” appears. No Christian would credit these deeds to Satan. They were the mighty works of Yahweh and they were, said Moses, EVIL.When Aaron made the golden calf in the desert and the Israelites worshipped it, Yahweh in his fit of rage intended to kill them all. Even all the little babes and infants he wanted to murder. He also wanted to kill Joshua, Caleb and others who actually did not worship the calf. He wanted to make a completely new nation - from Moses - as he did originally from Abraham. Please note Exodus 32:10: 

 

“Now therefore, let me alone that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them. And I will make of you a great nation.” 

 

But Moses was able to talk some sense into Yahweh who ultimately relented from the intended EVIL [verse 14]. 

 

But not long after Yahweh forgot the whole episode and again got very wroth and angry and was ready to consume the entire community and from Moses to raise a new nation and seed to Abraham. Numbers 14 tells of the spies sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan. All the spies, except Caleb and Joshua, ,gave a negative report and many Israelites rebelled against Moses and were ready to return to Egypt: 

 

“And Yahweh said to Moses, how long will these people reject me? And how long will they not believe me, with all the signs which I have performed among them? I will strike them with the pestilence and disinherit them, and I will make of you a nation greater and mightier than they” [verses 11-12]. 

 

Yahweh was ready in his fury to strike the entire community with pestilence. The guilty and the innocent. He was ready to murder all the little children and even Caleb and Joshua - since his new nation was to be established through Moses alone. But Moses again managed to pacify this angry and wrathful God and persuade him not to do what he wanted. In Numbers 16 we read of the rebellion instigated by Korah, Datan and Abiram. Because of their alleged rebellion Yahweh in his rage intended to murder many thousands. The entire community fell on their knees and rightly said: 

 

“O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall ONE MAN SIN, and YOU BE ANGRY WITH THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY?” [verse 22]. 

 

That was nothing new for the God of the Bible. Too often he punished and tormented and murdered thousands for the sin of one particular individual. Even on this occasion he murdered the wives of the rebellious and even their little children. Their whole households were swallowed by the earth and they went to sheol alive [verses 27-33]. He murdered indiscriminately the innocent with the guilty. 

 

The whole city of Jericho was doomed to destruction. It was “cherem,” that is, “devoted,” “sacrificed” to Yahweh. Joshua explicitly told the Israelites to destroy everything alive in Jericho - except Rahab and her household [Joshua 6:17]. All the gold and silver and other valuables were Yahweh’s devotion and the Israelites were forbidden to any as spoil [6:18-19]. Achan however saw a nice Babylonian robe which he took along with some gold and silver. He hid them in his tent. Shortly afterwards Joshua sent some soldiers to fight the battle at Ai and some 36 were killed because Yahweh was angry with the whole community of Israel. When Joshua asked Yahweh why were the soldiers defeated and killed, this is what Yahweh replied: 

 

“Get up! What are you doing down on your fact? Israel has sinned; they have violated my covenant, which I commanded them to keep. They have taken some of the devoted things; they have stolen, they have lied, they have put them with their own possessions. That is why the Israelites cannot stand against their enemies; they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you any more unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction.” 

 

This statement of course proved to be untrue. The Israelites did not do these things as charged nor did they have any idea of this. It was only one single individual - Achan - who broke the “cherem” law. No other Israelite took even a dime from Jericho and they simply had no idea what Achan had done. Then Yahweh explicitly told Joshua that the person who is found with the forbidden spoil be burned with fire since he has committed a “disgrace” in Israel. The lots were cast and the lot finally fell on Achan. He confessed to the deed and acknowledged his sin [verses 20-21]. It was Achan alone who sinned but it was not he alone who was killed for his own sin. His sons and daughters were also stoned along with him and then burnt with fire. Also all his cattle, donkeys, sheep, his tent and all possessions were burnt to death [verses 24-26]. Yahweh said that Achan has committed “disgrace” in Israel by taking some of the forbidden spoil. But he could not see himself committing great disgrace by indiscriminately murdering all the innocent children of Jericho and the mentally ill people. Nor could he see the great evil in killing all the innocent animals or the sons and daughters of Achan for their father’s own sin. 

 

When the Philistine army captured the Ark of the Covenant in the days of Eli the High Priest, they took it to Ashdod [1 Samuel 5:1]. God severely punished the whole civilian population in Ashdod: 

 

“Yahweh’s hand was heavy upon the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; be brought devastation upon them and afflicted them with tumours” [5:6].  

 

The people begged the leaders to send away the Ark from their city. It was moved to Gath. But Yahweh severely punished the populace of Gath also: 

 

“But after they had moved it, Yahweh’s hand was against that city [Gath], throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumours” [5:9]. 

 

The Gathites sent the Ark to Ekron. The Ekronites however refused to take it and urged the leaders to return the Ark back to Israel. Yahweh however did not spare the city but also severely punished it: 

 

“God’s hand was very heavy upon it [Ekron]. Those who did not die were afflicted with tumours, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven” [5:11]. 

 

Finally the Philistine diviners and the leaders put the whole thing to the test in order to ascertain whether the great evil which befell their cities was indeed from Yahweh or whether it was the result of a chance [6:9]. The test clearly showed that the severe evil was indeed from Yahweh. Thus the Ark was returned to the Israelites and was placed in Beth Shemesh. Now while the Ark was in Beth Shemesh some Israelites looked into the Ark [6:19].  Yahweh fumed with rage and his anger burnt hotly against the city. He murdered 50,070 persons and the people cried bitterly on the account of the great slaughter [6:19].  

 

When Yahweh charged King Saul to completely exterminate the Amalakites, this is what he told him through Samuel:  

 

“I will punish the Amalakites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalakites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.” 

 

Yahweh ordered King Saul to completely exterminate the name of the Amalakites from under heaven since he vowed in the desert that he would do so: 

 

“Then Yahweh said to Moses, write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure Joshua hears it, because I will completely erase the memory of the Amalakites from under heaven.” 

 

According to 1 Samuel 15, all the Amalakites were killed - including their king whom Samuel allegedly killed. They were all killed not for their own sin but rather for the sins of their ancestors - for what their ancestors had done 500-600 years earlier in the desert. It was their ancestors who made war with the Israelites, so why then exterminate innocent people of the generation which had nothing to do with that war? Why specifically command to even kill “all the suckling babes?” Only the God of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity could resort to such evil ways as the canonical Bible faithfully testifies. In the days of King David, Yahweh was angry with Israel for a reason best known to him alone. So he incited David to count the people [2 Samuel 24:1]. After David did what Yahweh incited him to do, Yahweh's anger burnt hot against David. So the next morning he sent Gad the prophet to David with the following message: 

 

“I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you” [verse 12]. 

 

Yahweh told David to choose one of the following three evils: 

 

SEVEN YEARS OF FAMINE IN ISRAEL

 

THREE MONTHS OF RUNNING FROM ENEMIES

 

THREE DAYS OF PESTILENCE IN ISRAEL 

 

David thought that it would be better to fall into the hands of Yahweh than men so he opted three days of pestilence. So Yahweh sent his Angel of Death across Israel - from Dan, the north, to Berhseba, the south, who murdered SEVENTY THOUSAND innocent Israelites. Yahweh murdered innocent people for the sin David himself committed. I could refer to other instances where God delighted in bloodshed and bragged about his sword but I will refer to only one more passage from which we can see the brutality and barbarism of Yahweh. Yahweh commanded Joshua to murder and annihilate all the peoples of Canaan and to show no mercy but to kill all the children, newborn babies, women, old ones etc., As if this wasn't enough he also commanded Joshua to burn their chariots and "HAMSTRING THEIR HORSES." Yahweh commanded Joshua to cut the large tendon at the back of the hock of horses' hind leg [Joshua 11:6,9]. I could never accept such a God and neither could El Elyon, for He sacked His Son Yahweh and accused him of treason - as is documented in my article 'Yahweh was the Son of El Elyon.'

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:05


Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in the thirteenth year of king Josiah's reign. A year earlier king Josiah implemented a great religious reform in ancient kingdom of Judah. In 2 Chronicles 34 we are told how he destroyed places of worship and all idols and images of foreign gods and goddesses that were rampant in ancient Judah. In the eighteenth year of his reign, a high priest discovered a Book of the Law in the temple which they were to renovate. When the book was read to king Josiah, he rent his clothes and said that neither he nor his ancestors served their God in accordance with what was written in that book. As a result of the discovery, Josiah implemented one place of worship in Jerusalem  and he destroyed the places of worship even in other tribes of Israel and made his subjects observe the Passover in a manner that was not observed since the time of Samuel. King Josiah made a covenant with God and the people and we are told that all served God all the days of Josiah. In 2 Chronicles 34:31-33 we are explicitly told the following:

"Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the LORD, to follow the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. And he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin take their stand for it. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the LORD their God. All his days they did not depart from following the LORD God of their fathers" [New King James Bible].

In 2 Kings 23:24-25 we are given this pertinent information:

”Moreover Josiah put away those who consulted mediums and spiritists, the household gods and idols, all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the LORD. Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him" [New King James Bible].

On the basis of the stories given in 2 Chronicles and 2 Kings, the Judaists and all traditional Christians regard king Josiah as a hero of faith and a great reformer and restorer of the true religion which was based on the lost book of Moses. But prophet Jeremiah gives a completely different version and he shows that Josiah was not and could not have been a reformer of the true religion nor could have the Book of the Law discovered have been the true and genuine book of Moses. Remember, Jeremiah began his ministry one year after Josiah already implemented most of his reform and by the fifth year of Jeremiah's ministry the reform was complete. So if Josiah's reform was based on the true Law why did Jeremiah regard the Book of the Law that Hilkiah discovered as a forgery? In Jeremiah 8:8 we read the following:

"How can you say, we are wise, for we have the law of the LORD, when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it wrongly" [New International Version].

The Good News Bible:

"How can you say that you are wise and that you know my laws? Look, the laws have been changed by dishonest scribes."

The Moffat Bible:

"What! you say, we are wise, we do have his directions - when lo your scribes have written them wrong, and falsified them."

The Jerusalem Bible:

"How dare you say: we are wise, and we possess the Law of Yahweh? But look how it has been falsified by the lying pen of the scribes."

The New American Catholic Bible:

"How can you say we are wise, we have the law of the LORD? Why, that has been changed into falsehood by the lying pen of the scribes."

The Revised Standard Version:

“How can you say, we are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? But, behold, the false pen of the scribes has made it into a lie."

Jeremiah did not and could not accept the reform of Josiah nor the Book of the Law on which he based his reform because he regarded that Book of the Law as forgery. It is impossible to miss this point from the book of Jeremiah. Let's face it. If Jeremiah accepted the reform of Josiah and if all Jerusalemites and the people of Judah followed their God ALL THE DAYS OF JOSIAH - as we are told in  2 Chronicles 34:31-33 - then why was Jeremiah despised and ridiculed and even persecuted throughout the reign of Josiah? Why did he say that throughout the reign of Josiah the people continued to worship other gods and idols and refused to listen to Jeremiah and other prophets God was sending to rebuke the people? Please read this passage very carefully as it stands in Jeremiah 25:1-7:

"In the fourth year that Jehoiakim son of Josiah was king of Judah, I received a message from the LORD concerning all the people of Judah. [This was the first year that Nebuchadnezzar was king of Babylonia]. I said to all the people of Judah and of Jerusalem, FOR TWENTY THREE YEARS, FROM THE THIRTEENTH YEAR THAT JOSIAH SON OF AMON WAS KING OF JUDAH UNTIL THIS VERY DAY, the LORD has spoken to me, and I have never failed to tell you what he said. BUT YOU HAVE PAID NO ATTENTION. YOU WOULD NOT LISTEN OR PAY ATTENTION, even though the LORD has continued to send you his servants the prophets. They told you to TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAY OF LIFE AND FROM THE EVIL THINGS YOU ARE DOING, so that you could go on living in the land that the LORD gave you and your ancestors as a permanent possession. They told you not to worship and serve other gods and not to make the LORD angry by worshipping the idols you have made. If you had obeyed the LORD, then he would not have punished you. But the LORD HIMSELF SAYS THAT YOU REFUSED TO LISTEN TO HIM. INSTEAD, YOU MADE HIM ANGRY WITH YOUR IDOLS and have brought his punishment on yourselves" [Good News Bible].

Jeremiah says that from the very first year of his prophetic ministry - which was the thirteenth year of Josiah's reign and one year after he began his reform - his message was rejected and the prophets sent to them were rejected and the people continued throughout the reign of Josiah to serve and worship other gods and idols. In fact, God testified to Jeremiah that there was not even one person in the whole city of Jerusalem - after Josiah's reform - who actually served the true God and who actually did right. Please note Jeremiah 5:1:

"Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem, look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I will forgive this city" [New International Version].

This message was given after Josiah's reform. The book of Jeremiah clearly shows that Jerusalemites were evil and that they worshipped foreign gods and continued in all evils of the previous kings throughout Josiah's reform. The prophet Jeremiah was not only a prophet but also a priest. But he was not recognised as priest by the official priesthood of his day because he was not a priest from the Zadokite lineage and therefore a descendant of Phinehas, Aaron's son but rather from the lineage of Eli and therefore a descendant of Ithamar, Aaron's youngest son who was the brother of Phinehas. To understand the problem before us and to see why there was a controversy regarding the priesthood and why Jeremiah was rejected we need to take a close look at the original high priesthood.

Aaron, the brother of Moses was appointed HIGH PRIEST among his brothers [Leviticus 21:10]. His position was distinguished by special robes he wore [Exodus 28:4, 6-39; Leviticus 8:7-9]. After his death his position and robes were transferred to ELEAZAR his son [Numbers 20:25-28]. Eleazar was followed by his son PHINEHAS who continued as the High Priest well into the time of Judges. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary on page 1005 gives us the following information on Phinehas:

“The grandson of Aaron and son of Eleazar...He first appears in biblical history at the time of the licentious idolatry, where his zeal and action secured the end of the plague that was destroying the nation...For this he was rewarded by the special praise of Jehovah and by a PROMISE that the PRIESTHOOD SHOULD REMAIN IN HIS FAMILY FOREVER”.

Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary on page 989 states in regards to Phinehas the following:

“For such zeal [killing of Zimri and a Midianite woman] Phinehas and his descendants were promised a PERMANENT PRIESTHOOD”.

Matthew Henry in his Commentary on the Whole Bible on page 226 states:

“The priesthood is entailed by covenant upon his family. It was designed him before, but now it was CONFIRMED to him...It is here [Numbers 25] called AN EVERLASTING PRIESTHOOD, because it should continue to the period of the Old Testament dispensation, and should then have its perfection and perpetuity in the unchangeable priesthood of Christ”.

Zondervan NIV Bible Commentary, Vol. 1. on page 219 makes the following remark:

“The zeal of Phinehas for the honor of the Lord became the occasion for the Lord’s COVENANTING with him and HIS DESCENDANTS as God’s true priests...The Lord now institutes his covenant with the priests through Phinehas. He was priest by DIVINE RIGHT being descended from the right family in an immediate line...He is now confirmed priest by the rite of the divine covenant”.

All these commentaries are based on Numbers 25:11-13. In this chapter we are told how the Israelites performed abominable rites of the Midianites. A certain chief by the name of Zimri had illicit public relations with a Midianite woman named Cozbi. While thousands of Israelites were being killed by God because of gross idolatry and sexual perversion - it is said that Phinehas did the following:

“Now when Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and thrush both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her body. So the plague was stopped among the children of Israel” [Numbers 25:7-8].

For this act we are told that God said the following:

“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back my wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with my zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in my zeal...Behold I give to him AND HIS DESCENDANTS AFTER HIM a COVENANT OF AN EVERLASTING PRIESTHOOD, because he was zealous” [Numbers 25:11-13].

From this text it is very apparent that God confirmed Phinehas as the High Priest. It is also equally apparent that HIS descendants alone will have the privilege to administer the office of HIGH PRIESTHOOD. Other Levites had the right to general priesthood  if they were descended from Aaron but only those of Phinehas’ lineage were entitled to be “chiefs of their brethren” - that is, HIGH PRIESTS.

When Samuel was born Eli was the High Priest officiating at the temple in SHILOH. Now Eli was not a descendant of Phinehas or Eleazar. He was a descendant of ITHAMAR the brother of Eleazar. Aaron had four sons: Nadab, Abihu, Ithamar and Eleazar [Exodus 6:23]. Nadab and Abihu were killed and only Eleazar and Ithamar survived [Leviticus 10:1-2, 12]. That Eli was the descendant of Ithamar the brother of Eleazar and uncle of Phinehas is very simple to establish.

Abiathar the High Priest was of the house of ELI [1 Kings 2:27]. Abiathar was the son of  Ahimelech who was said to be a descendant of ITHAMAR [1 Chronicles 24:3]. Ahimelech was the son of Ahitub [1 Samuel 22:9,11-12]. Ahitub was the son of Phinehas. Phinehas was the son of Eli [1 Samuel 1:3; 4:11]. Since Ahimelech who was a descendant of Eli is said to have been from the lineage of ITHAMAR the son of Aaron and the brother of Eleazar, it follows then that Eli himself was of the lineage of ITHAMAR. We have  already seen that Phinehas [do not confuse him with Eli’s son who had the same name] the son of Eleazar and all his descendants were given the right to HIGH PRIESTHOOD. This fact was acknowledged even centuries later. In the book of Sirach [Ecclesiasticus] 45:23-24 we read:

“Phinehas son of Eleazar is third in glory because his zeal in the fear of the Lord, because he stood firm when the people revolted, with a staunch and courageous heart; and in this way atoned for Israel. Hence a covenant of peace was sealed with him, making him governor of both sanctuary and people, and securing to him AND HIS DESCENDANTS the HIGH PRIESTLY dignity forever”.

In 1 Maccabees 2:54 we are told:

“Phinehas, our father, in return for his burning fervour received a covenant of EVERLASTING PRIESTHOOD”.

Since God allegedly made an eternal covenant with  Phinehas the son of Eleazar and the grandson of Aaron that the High Priesthood would be his and his descendants FOREVER - how then could Eli who was not of the lineage of Phinehas but rather of ITHAMAR had been the High Priest in the days of Samuel? How could have his descendants [Ahitub, Ahiah, Ahimelech and Abiathar] rather than the descendants of Eleazar have been the High Priests? The answer is simple. God never promised Eleazar what is commonly believed. In fact, there is a variant version in the bible which shows that Ithamar's descendants would be chiefs of their brothers. In 1 Samuel 2:27-36 we are given this pertinent information:

"Now a man of God came to Eli and said to him, "This is what the LORD says: 'Did I not clearly reveal myself to your father's house when they were in Egypt under Pharaoh? I chose your father out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to go up to my altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in my presence. I also gave your father's house all the offerings made with fire by the Israelites. Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?' "Therefore the LORD, the God of Israel, declares: 'I promised that your house and your father's house would minister before me forever.' But now the LORD declares: 'Far be it from me! Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained. The time is coming when I will cut short your strength and the strength of your father's house, so that there will not be an old man in your family line and you will see distress in my dwelling. Although good will be done to Israel, in your family line there will never be an old man.  Every one of you that I do not cut off from my altar will be spared only to blind your eyes with tears and to grieve your heart, and all your descendants will die in the prime of life. " 'And what happens to your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, will be a sign to you--they will both die on the same day. I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will do according to what is in my heart and mind. I will firmly establish his house, and he will minister before my anointed one always.  Then everyone left in your family line will come and bow down before him for a piece of silver and a crust of bread and plead, "Appoint me to some priestly office so I can have food to eat" [New Internationall Version].

The Tent of Meeting was erected on the first of the first month - a year after the exodus from Egypt. Aaron was appointed a High Priest and his sons as priests shortly after. Before them there were supposedly no priests. However, in Exodus 19 we are told that for three days the people were to be sanctified because on the third day Moses was to receive the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai. This was just under two months after they left Egypt [19:1]. In verses 22 and 24 we read:

"Even the priests who come near must purify themselves, or I will punish them...Go down and bring Aaron back with you. But the priests and the people must not cross the boundary to come up to me" [Good News Bible].

What priests? There were none according to normative Judaism and traditional Christianity. They were appointed about ten months later. But according to the statement in 1 Samuel - as we have seen - God chose Aaron to be a High Priest while they were still in Egypt. Eli's house and his father's house [Aaron's] was to serve as priests forever. The priests were Ithamar and his sons. Aaron as a High Priest at the time was permitted to ascend the mountain with Moses. Jeremiah was from among the priests from Anathoth [Jeremiah 1:1]. These priests were descendants of Abiathar the High Priest who was expelled by Solomon from Jerusalem. But this is a long story and I cannot deal with it here. My sole purpose in writing this article was to demonstrate that Jeremiah did not and could not have supported Josiah's reform - since throughout his reign - he was persecuted and the people did not follow the true God but were steeped in idolatry, as I have plainly shown.