SAMPLE CHAPTER from VOLUME II. 'WHY GOD HAS A LEGAL CASE'
Chapter 7. 'THE TWO FACES OF RELIGION'
TWO FACED RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS
Secrecy and hidden agendas are not the exclusive territory of secret societies. There are plenty of popular organizations and institutions which appear to operate openly with one face and have another face which is cloaked in secrecy. Well established religious organizations widely accepted as worshipping the “god of their choice” are found all over the earth. Each of these organizations puts forth an attractive and appealing public face of being beneficial to its own followers and in many instances also as being beneficial to the world in general.
While there is a public appearance of tolerance toward all religions and most people see them as different paths to the same destination or as no path at all, by and large each one of their followers considers their “god” to be the only valid recipient worthy of religious worship. Yet when one judiciously strips away the “mask” these religionists wear, one finds another face.
It is a face which has been distorted by wearing the same mask so long that even when the mask is removed the real face still bears its imprint. It takes concerted effort to see the real face, a face completely hidden from the general public and in some instances from their own followers as well. The essential ingredient in the construction of that mask is “deception”.
Deception is the identifying hallmark of leadership behind false religious organizations masking themselves as bastions of righteousness. Deception which is fundamental to the nature of the ‘god of this world’ acts as the lens through which all false and counterfeit religious organizations are exposed. People who follow the original Liar and father of the lie bear his nature and can be identified by their attitude toward deception. They can be seen either as participants in deception themselves or as condoning it in others.
Since he first became an enemy of YHWH God and his sovereignty, the rebellious angelic being named Lucifer who by virtue of his rebellion transformed himself into Satan, the Devil has been conducting his operations under the fundamental strategy of “deceiving” a public and keeping them ignorant of his intentions. His supporters follow the same pattern and the religious component of his “world” is no exception. It is built upon a framework of deception.
From the very beginning when he deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, convincing her that she and her husband Adam could be like God and decide for themselves what was right and wrong or good and bad, he was showing his true character. When he got humankind to follow Nimrod who founded the concept that men should rule their fellow humans by means of threat, fear and force, it was by deception, with Nimrod claiming god-like authority. Ever since, he has been using religious deception as a means of keeping people under his control.
Two faced religious organizations employing deception are among the most nefarious of all secret organizations for they are all about worldwide masses of followers who have been brought under control, remaining under their control, while the other ‘super’ secret organizations are about a small elite group of humans achieving control.
In our own day, with religion losing its appeal for many, the master puppeteer has gotten a large segment of people to either deny the existence of YHWH God or to reject his sovereignty even when they know they shouldn’t in their own hearts. A still larger segment of humanity have been convinced they are practicing true religion when in reality it is only a good looking two-faced counterfeit they embrace.
The following religious organizations may be seen as a fit for the two faced label by virtue of the fact that they work hard at and enjoy considerable success in convincing people they represent the true God YHWH when in reality they promote the interests of “the god of this system”, Satan the Devil. All “churches”, by virtue of that name, are presumed by most people to be wholesome and generally beneficial to the masses of society. This image has been judiciously cultivated by religionists for thousands of years. Particularly those who mark themselves as “Christian” see their institutions this way.
The Churches, Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and mainstream Protestant churches, under the general umbrella of Christendom, are approximated to consist of between 3500 and 4000 different denominations.
The Fringe or non-conventional offshoots of the major “church” groups also considering themselves as “Christian” include; Amish, Christian Scientists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonites, Mormons, Quakers, Seventh Day Adventists, Shakers and the Salvation Army.
What can be said in defense of all these religious organizations is that to varying degrees, they all accept the Bible containing Holy Scripture as God’s inspired word. For that reason they have all been useful in publishing or distributing Bibles earth-wide. As such, they have been and still are instrumental to an important extent in spreading the good news of God’s kingdom by means of the Bible. Perhaps this is why GOD allows them continued existence.
However, what can also be said about them is that the very same scriptures which they circulate and promote as a basis for their beliefs, actually convict them as being something other than what they represent themselves as.
While all these religions uphold a ‘public face’ of teaching or promoting values found in the Bible, it is by looking at those portions of scripture which these religionists are aware of, yet ignore or avoid, where their other face is exposed. For those who truly know Holy Scripture and are observant and insightful, the clues to who these religions clandestinely actually support are there to see. Employing the “Tree and its Fruit” principal clarifies what is otherwise a hazy picture.
Matthew 7:16 You can identify these people by the way they act. Good things don't come from people who are bad, just as grapes don't come from thorn bushes, and figs don't come from thorny weeds, do they?*
CLUES TO THE FALSE FACES
While there are dozens of clues, even possibly hundreds exposing the “other face” of so called “Christian” organizations and institutions, here is a sampling of instances where true Scripture shouts “fraud” at how these organizations define themselves by the things they teach and don’t practice and the things they avoid in their institutional doctrines and teachings.
1. Scripture teaching; “Love your Enemies” (Jesus Christ, Matt. 5:44, Luke. 6:27)
They “talk the talk but don’t walk the walk” -
Most of these so called ‘Christian’ organizations have spiritual guides (Chaplains) who endorse war, support sending soldiers off to kill and be killed. Some have even been seen to bless the weapons of their nation’s warfare. Others among these organizations have merciless shunning or ostracism policies for any among their own who either are seen as dissidents or as outsiders to their own culture. And that doesn’t even consider the internal bickering and back-stabbing commonly found inside their own organizations on an everyday basis. . None of this is compatible with Christ’s teaching to “love your Enemies”, yet this is exactly what we find in most if not all of the religions listed above.
2. Scriptural Teaching – “No Part of the World” (Jesus Christ – John 15:16 17:14, 16)
While claiming to adhere to this teaching of Christ, the reality is;
In many of the organizations listed above one finds tolerance and even support for the standards of a “world”, which is opposed to Christ and his teachings. Things such as political involvement and participation in conflicts such as war, violence in a variety of forms including sports and entertainment, pre-marital sex, sexual perversions, homosexuality and obscene behavior as well as things like abortions are commonly acceptable in most, if not all of them. Additionally, vain practices such as cosmetic surgery, Breast implants, imbedded tattoos, scarification, and other physical enhancements intended to alter ones natural ‘God-given’ appearance, are all common in the ‘world’. Yet these things which are alien to the principles taught by Christ, are acceptable to most religious followers. The fact that we find tolerance and even open approval for these things in most of the “churches” mentioned above are just one more example of how major religions are in reality a part of the ‘world” rather than free of it.
Yet, when Jesus spoke of his true followers, this is what he said;
Joh 17:14, 16 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. KJV
3. Church Teaching - “Jesus Is God”
Despite having read the following scriptures, and knowing how Christ viewed his relationship with his father, many of the churches above teach that Jesus Christ and his Father YHWH are one and the same person. In addition to being a logical absurdity, this is not what Jesus himself taught and actually constitutes a contradiction (lie) when compared with Jesus own words according to what we find in inspired scripture.
John 1:18 No man has ever seen GOD at any time. The only begotten Son who is in the closest relationship with the Father, has told us about him. * [If Jesus is God as many so called Christians claim, then his words here constitute a lie, for virtually thousands of people saw Jesus Christ when he walked the earth.]
John 5:30 I cannot do anything on my own. YHWH, the Father sent me. He is the one who told me how to judge. I judge with impartiality, because I obey him, and I don't just try to please myself. * [Clearly, the sender is in this case is a higher authority than the one sent and not one and the same person.]
John 14:28 Remember what I told you: I will be going away, but will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, because now I go to the Father, who is greater than I am. * [One described as ‘greater’ cannot be the same or equal to one described as the lesser.]
John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. (KJV) [Jesus saw YHWH, the father as his God, the very word God defining one of superior nature.]
4. Bible Teaching - “Exclusive Devotion”- A term virtually ignored in most churches.
The bible clearly states That YHWH God will not tolerate those who afford devotion and worship due him to any other god, goddess, man, woman or thing, even to such a thing as a symbolic representation or idol depicting anything in the heavens above or the earth below.
Exodus 20:4, 5 "You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in heaven above or on the earth under heaven or that is in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I YHWH, your God demand exclusive devotion from you, * [Images or idols held in connection with adoration or devotion belonging to him alone are strictly forbidden by GOD]
Joshua 24:19 But Joshua answered the people, "Since YHWH is a holy God, you can't possibly serve him. He is a God who does not tolerate rivals. He will not forgive your acting rebelliously and sinning against him. * [GOD does not tolerate rivalry when it comes to sharing worship and devotion rightly due him with others.]
Isa. 42:8 "I am YHWH. That is my name. I will not give glory which is rightfully mine to anyone else. I will not let statues take the praise that should be mine”. * [There can be no doubt YHWH requires ‘exclusive’ devotion. That means the kind of devotion he requires leaves no place for a rival entity usurping what is rightfully and exclusively his.]
Yet we find most church goers are devoted to all sorts of things other than YHWH God and his son Jesus Christ. Jobs, friends, money, careers, entertainment and other interests all take priority in their lives ahead of the devotion they extend to GOD. Also, statues, symbols and icons are held in reverence or esteem within their religious institutions.
5. Bible Teaching – “Headship” A major principle of the Christian faith largely ignored in most churches;
1 Corinthians 11:3 You should understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and that GOD is the head of Christ. *
God’s arrangement for headship among the human family is clearly and succinctly stated in this verse. However, almost all the “churches” above have replaced that simple godly truth stated by the apostle Paul and inserted another entity between the parties mentioned. That entity is either the “Church” as an institution or a clerical authority figure representing their religious organization such as “the pope”, “church counsel”, “governing body”, priest or a minister” acting as a head over their followers and as intermediaries between God and men or between a man and his wife.
7. Bible Teaching on THE CLERGY (Religious Leaders) – The clergy of religious organizations in our day exemplify the same behavioral patterns found in the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus day.
In the 23rd chapter of Matthew Jesus paints a vivid picture of what went wrong with organized religion and their leaders in his time, which applies in our day as well, if not more so.
Matthew 23:2, 3 saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees [religious leaders] have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; NAS 3. So you should obey them. Do everything they tell you to do. But their lives are not good examples for you to follow. They tell you to do things, but they don't do those things themselves. (ERV)
Matthew 23:4, 5 They bundle up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders. They themselves are not willing to lift a finger to help move them. 5"They do everything possible to draw people's attention to themselves. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses as head dress and on their arms and they wear ostentatious trimmings for everyone to see. * [While the exact garment styles have changed since Jesus day, most clergy men and women representing the above organizations wear special garb by which they draw attention to themselves, not only ceremonially but even when they venture about in their non-official lives.]
Matthew 23:6, 7 They love the best seats at banquets and public events and the front seats in meeting places.) 7 They enjoy the attention they get on the streets, and they enjoy being called by titles like ‘'Rabbi' *) [Today, we can substitute a number of different titles for “Rabbi”; depending on which particular denomination one may be affiliated with - Eg. “Your Holiness”, Your Eminence”, “Most Reverend”, “Reverend”, “Pastor”, “Father”, “Elder”, “Bishop”, “Brother” and so forth. All these titles are designed to draw attention to the individuals in a special way so as to set them forth as exclusive or make them seem important. ]
Mat 23:8-10 8 But don't ever let others call you Rabbi, because you have only one teacher, and you are all brothers.9 And don’t call any man your spiritual father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.10 Neither be called Master, for you have one master, the Christ.
Matthew 23:11, 12 Whoever is considered the greatest among yourselves should be the servant of the others. 12 Whoever elevates himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be elevated in God’s sight.* [Humility is but a showy pretense for most clerics we come in contact with. We find leading figures in these religions have their names plastered in all kinds of conspicuous places including on the fronts of church buildings, in religious literature distributed by their organizations and in advertising soliciting attendance.]
Matthew 23:13 "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees (religious leaders), hypocrites! For you block people out of the kingdom of heaven. You are not going yourselves, and when others are going in in, you prevent them. * [Here we find a rather shocking disclosure by Jesus. Religious leaders fitting his description actually prevent people from entering the kingdom of YHWH God, instead of helping them.]
Matthew 23:14 "It will be bad for you religious teachers of the law and you Pharisees. You are hypocrites. You swallow up widow’s homes. Then you make long prayers for people to see you. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation."* [Calling them hypocrites who take advantage of the downtrodden, they make a showy pretense of their faked holiness.]
Matthew 23:15 Sorrow and distress are coming to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you travel far and wide to make a single convert, and when he becomes one (a proselyte), you make him twice as much a child for hell (Gehenna) as you are. * [Jesus words tell us that the kinds of leaders in the above religious organizations who exert tremendous effort at recruiting members are actually making these recruits children of Gehenna (a place of permanent destruction), just as he said they themselves already were doomed to in their future.]
8. Bible Teaching –The Churchianity Church - The Apostle Paul taught that believing Christians themselves, personally, were actually the Ecclesia (church) and not the buildings, organizations and institutions which can be seen as ‘churchianity’ today. The phrase ‘Churchianity’ implies a culture of idolatry which places greater emphasis on the church as an institution and its leaders than on the godly reason for its existence.
Speaking to fellow Christians, Paul said;
1 Cor. 3:16 “All of you surely know that you yourself are GOD's temple (dwelling place) and that his Spirit lives in you”. *
The First century Ecclesia (church) was composed only of those dedicated people who loved the Lord Jesus and his teachings and gathered together in family units or small groups for fellowship and worship, usually in someone’s home or some mutually available modest setting. Beginning in the second century after the Apostles, that ‘ecclesia’ began to morph into “The Church”, an elaborate institutionalized system of power and control over a mixed community of ‘sheep-like’ Christians and ‘worldly goats’.
Today, the trappings of a church alienated from the truth Christ taught include men and women dressed in fancy or impressive garb, theatrical spectacle and ceremony intended to dazzle the observer with an “I’m # 1” attitude among its members, and a “holier than thou” attitude among those who constitute a “hired” professional clergy.
Churches integrate worldly tastes and desires such as gambling, entertainment, musical venues and theatrical productions into their so called worship services. Then there is the ever present stress on financial or material levies for personal services rendered by clergymen such as baptisms, weddings and funerals in addition to fees extracted as contributions for attending orchestrated services and meetings. Tithes are extracted by some churches representing 10% of their member’s gross incomes. Mega churches with thousands of members extract millions of dollars to expend on ever ‘grander’ and more ‘glorious’ facilities. In some instances members are expected to contribute whether they attend or not and are assessed fees for a whole variety of things. Literature made available to them, clerical salaries, building maintenance and levies paid to “headquarters” organizations who have additional salaries, expenses and a self-imposed need for elaborate facilities are all things members are expected to pay for in exchange for being allowed to attend “religious’ services.
9. TEACHINGS: Scriptural Truth conveniently ignored in favor of unfounded Man-made Dogmatic doctrines
The churches of Christendom are rife with doctrines which are either un-founded when compared with truthful scripture or contradicted by accurately understood scripture when compared with it.
Man-made Church doctrines such as ‘ Trinity’, ‘Hellfire’, ‘Immortality of the Soul’ and Holidays such as Christmas and Easter are all built around traditions of men or rooted in pagan worship. They are imbedded as ‘official” church doctrine, yet fall short of truthfulness in careful study compared to legitimate scripture. The churches say they accept the Bible as God’s inspired word, yet when scripture denies one of their false man-made doctrines, scripture is discarded in favor of man-made tradition.
10. Bible Teaching – Confusing Creation and Evolution
The “theory of Evolution” was set forth by men like Charles Darwin, who discredited GOD by denying either the power of God, the existence of God or both. Many of today’s Churches have joined them by embracing the ‘science’ based theory of Evolution over the inspired word of God which states without reservation or doubt: “In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1 *)
11. Bible Teaching on Idolatry – God’s view of Idolatry is shoveled under the rug in most churches in favor of doctrines compatible with their practices.
In the dictionary Idolatry is defined as; extreme admiration, love, or reverence for some thing or someone, as for an object of uncritical devotion. Idolatry takes in the worship of things or beings other than YHWH God. This is a direct violation of God’s demand for exclusive devotion. While scripture is against Idolatry in all the forms it may take, when we examine the religions listed earlier we find the practice of idolatry in one form or another rampant in every one of them. Just a few of many examples which may be cited are;
Fetishism: Idolizing an inanimate object worshiped for its supposed magical powers or because it is considered to be inhabited by a spirit.
Nature worship: The worship of the sun, moon, and stars, trees, animals, stones, etc. as the supposed powers of nature or because they are said to be spirits which affect humans.
Hero worship: The worship of gods or men, living or deceased, ancestors, cultural heroes, and political or religious figures. Sometimes the hero is not even a person or spirit, it can be an institution like government or the church one attends.
Also, scripture clearly establishes greed as another form of idolatry.
Eph. 5:5 You may be sure that no one who is immoral, indecent, or greedy (for greed is a form of idolatry) will ever have a share in the Kingdom of GOD under his Christ. *
Greed makes us less human in another way. Greed pits us against our neighbors. Others' needs threaten my needs. What if there is not enough to go around? Suppose the needs of the needy hinder me from getting what I need and want? The end result is that our neighbors also become less human. Our neighbor is no longer a person to be loved and valued as another human being. Our neighbor is an obstacle, an impediment to our quest for more and more stuff.
A national entity, an organization, a likeness of something such a symbol like a flag, seal or anthem as well as a concept or ideology can become an icon if it is venerated and afforded devotion that is rightly deserved by YHWH God. “Idolatry” is having or inventing something in which one trusts in place of or alongside of the only true God, who has revealed himself in the “Word”.
God’s view of Idolatry is clearly stated in scriptures; to refuse to worship Him but to worship another is idolatry, a grave sin condemned throughout Scripture.
Isa. 44:6. So says YHWH, the King and Redeemer of Israel says: I, YHWH of heavenly armies am the First, and the Last; and there is no other GOD apart from Me.*
Exodus 20:4, 5 "You must not make for yourself a carved image or a form like anything that is in heaven above or on the earth under heaven or that is in the waters under the earth. 5 You must not bow down to them nor be induced to serve them, because I YHWH, your God demand exclusive devotion from you,*
Psalms 96:5; For all gods of the nations are only idols; but it YHWH who made the heavens. *
1Co 10:7, 14 Do not be idolaters, as some of your ancestors were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." . . . 14 For that reason, my dear friends, have nothing to do with the worship of false gods and idolatry. *
1Co 10:20, 21 I say to you that the things which the nations sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to GOD. And I don’t want ypu to have anything to do with demons. 21 You cannot drink the cup of YHWH and the cup of demons; you cannot be partakers of our Lord's Table and of a table the demons spread before you.*
Revelation 21:8 But for the fearful, and unbelieving, and abominable, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, their place will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone; which is the second death without resurrection. *
12. Bible teaching Sanctity of life/disregard for the sacredness of life.
Scripture treats human life as a divine gift and something which humans are held responsible for. It is thus to be valued and respected. GOD holds life as sacred, a gift of his divine love. No human being has the right to take the life of another human who is a child of God.
Scripture relating to reasons for ‘Sanctity’ of all Human Life – It proceeds from God.
Ge 2:7; Then Elohim God formed a man from the elements of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life, and thus the man became a living being.*
Ac 17:25 25 And GOD is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. *
It is precious to God –
Ge 1:27 So Elohim created mankind in his own image, in the image of GOD he created them; male and female he created them.*
Ge 4:10-11; 10 Elohim said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which absorbed your brother’s blood spilled by your hands.*
It is protected by God –
Deut. 22:8 When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your household if someone falls from the roof.*
Ge 4:15; 15 But the Elohim said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer my vengeance seven times over.” Then Elohim marked Cain so that no one who found him would kill him.*
Nu 35:11, 12 11select some of your towns to be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone by accident may flee. 12 These will be temporary places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly of appointed judges.*
Jer 22:3 This is what YHWH says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to a foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.*
God punishes unlawful taking of life –
Ge 9:6 “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in his own image God has God made humankind.*
Ex 21:14; But if anyone schemes and kills someone deliberately, that person is to be taken, even from my altar and put to death. *
Sanctity of children’s lives - Children are precious, to be treasured –
Ps 127:3-4 Children are an inheritance from YHWH. Offspring are a reward from him. 4 Like weapons in the hands of a warrior to protect them so are children born to parents in their youth. *
Child sacrifice is opposed –
Lev 18:21; 21 “Do not provide any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek. For you must not disrespect the meaning behind the name of your God. I am the YHWH”. *
Dt 12:31; 31 You must not worship YHWH your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things YHWH hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. *
Ps 106:38; They shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. And the land was defiled by their blood. *
Jer 19:5; They have built high places honoring Baal and burned their children in the fire as offerings to Baal. This was something never commanded or mentioned, nor did it even enter my mind.*
Eze 16:20-21 20 “And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as fare to the idols”. Was not your prostitution enough? 21 You took my children and sacrificed them to idols.*
Scriptural evidence against murder of children –
Whenever scripture mentions the murder of children, it is always in a bad light.
Ex 1:16-17; The Egyptian Pharaoh directed; “When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth as they deliver, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.*
Jeremiah 19:5 and they have built the high places of Baal to sacrifice their children in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, something which I did not command or decree, nor did it even come into my mind * -
Prenatal life is fully alive -
Ps 139:13-16; For you created my inmost being; you interwove me together in my mother’s womb.14 I praise you because I am extremely and wonderfully made; your works are magnificent, I know that full well.15 My skeleton was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the complexities of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my body before it existed. The days ordained for my lifespan were written in your book before one of them came to be. *
Isaiah 49:1, 5. Listen to me, you islands; hear this, you distant nations: Before I was born YHWH fcalled me; from my birth he has declared my name. . . . 5 And now the Logos says; he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of YHWH my God who has been my strength *
Luke uses the same words for an unborn child at Luke 1:41, 45 as he does in Luke 2:12, 16 for a newborn child and in Luke 18:15 for an infant [young child]. Thus showing in all instances they were regarded equally in the mind of GOD who had inspired him to write.
Luke 1:41, 44 And it came about that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby <1025> kicked in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. . . . 44 "For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby <1025> kicked in my womb for joy.*
Luke 2:12, 16 "And this will become a sign for you. You will find a baby <1025> wrapped in enfolding clothes, and lying in a crib. 16 And they came in a hurry, and found Mary, and Joseph and the baby <1025> lying in a crib. *
Luke 18:15 And their parents brought some infants <1025> to him so he would touch them. But when his disciples saw this, they reprimanded them. *
Injury to a pregnant woman is a serious Sin by GOD, however if a death occurs as a result of that injury, it is treated as if it was murder, a capital offense.
Amos 1:13 Thus says YHWH: For three transgressions of the Ammonites, and for four, I will not cancel their punishment; because they have torn pregnant women open in Gilead in order to extend their territory. *
Exodus 21:22-23 22 Suppose two people are fighting, and in the process, they hurt a pregnant woman so her child is born prematurely. If no further harm results, then the person responsible must pay damages in the amount the woman's husband demands and the judges approve. 23 But if any harm results, then the offender must be punished according to the severity of the injury. If the result is death to the premature child, the offender must be executed.” * [Scripture is clear, if an unborn child is harmed or killed, it is seen as an un-lawful as the taking of any life for which the Mosaic Law demanded the death penalty.]
Jeremiah 1:5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations."(ESV) [This verse recognizes that God has a relationship with a human being even before he or she is born.]
Psalm 139:13-16 “For You made my inmost parts; You interlaced me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and awesomely made; Magnificent are your works, And my very living being knows it very well. My skeleton was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, and expertly produced in the complexities of the earth;”* [The Psalmist testifies to the unborn child as having a life of its own that is awesomely made.]
To put it positively: the destruction of conceived human life — whether embryonic, fetal, or living outside the womb is an assault on the unique person-forming work of GOD. Abortion is an assault on GOD, not just man. God is uniquely at work in the womb from the moment of conception. This is the clear testimony of Psalm 139:13 and Job 31:15.
Psalm 139:13 “You alone created my internal being. You knitted me together inside my mother”. *
Job 31:15 “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not that same one fashion us in the womb?’ *
After considering the verses quoted above, it is impossible to see most churches supporting GOD’s view on the sacredness of life the way it is set forth in scripture.
EVIDENCE CONVICTS TWO FACED RELIGIONS
These twelve factors prove the fallacy of two faced religions. Those who teach differently from what YHWH God has inspired as conveyed in scripture may seem to favor him in some ways, but actually oppose him in important areas crucial to his will and purpose.
Whether intentionally or inadvertently, they are serving the interests of the god of this world and not YHWH and His son Jesus Christ. In doing this, people in a religious organization who violate these scriptural principles show their ‘fruits’ are no different from the fruits shown by secret societies and other worldly organizations known to be opposed to YHWH. Their fruits show they serve Lucifer, The god of this world.
The next chapter will present documentary evidence showing the actual strategies and methods YHWH God’s enemies have employed and continue to employ in their conspiracy against GOD’s sovereignty.