Friday, April 24, 2020

It’s time to learn to keep our “carnal natures” in check!

I recently witnessed a group of supposed Believers in a thread on someone’s Facebook wall, making fun of a young man who clearly had some mental issues, as he was busy disfiguring his body with dozens of tattoos and piercings.

My attempts to show that their behavior was anti-Torah and NOT pleasing to haShem, were met mostly with disdain and even rebukes. For instance:

The reality is, Scripture commands us to be kind to those with disabilities – including the disabilities we cannot see. Instead of openly “talking about” a person behind their back, we’re to employ the Matthew 18 method to lead them to onto the path.

And if they’re not a believer, we should certainly employ some common sense and contact them personally, if possible, to see if they’re open to correction. If not, turn them over to YHWH and leave them alone.

We have NO RIGHT to feel entitled to talk about, or make fun of them behind their back! Especially not in a public setting designed to get others to jump on our “bandwagons”….

Leviticus 19: 14 "'Do not speak a curse against a deaf person or place an obstacle in the way of a blind person; rather, fear your God; I am ADONAI. 15 "'Do not be unjust in judging - show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty, but with justice judge your neighbor.

16 "'Do not go around spreading slander among your people, but also don't stand idly by when your neighbor's life is at stake; I am ADONAI. 17 "'Do not hate your brother in your heart, but rebuke your neighbor frankly, so that you won't carry sin because of him. 18 Don't take vengeance on or bear a grudge against any of your people; rather, love your neighbor as yourself; I am ADONAI. (CJB)

Even Talmud doesn’t allow “lashon hara” (evil tongue/gossip). And Shulcan Aruch (called the “Code of Jewish Law”) says, while it is permissible to mock IDOLATRY (i.e., not only those who worship “other gods”; but also those who “worship” things such as money or possessions, or who are obsessed with their own appearance, etc.), it is NOT permissible to mock or attack PEOPLE or to poke fun at their supposed “lack of intellect” or anything else!

The best thing to do when realizing that someone is a "sick" individual in some way, is to simply pray for God to open their spiritual eyes and heal them. Once that is done, leave them alone, for at that point the proverbial ball is in YHWH’s court. It’s not YOUR problem!

Mishpocah (family/friends), the bottom line to being TRUE believers is to LIVE a “godly” lifestyle according to His Torah! If you’re not “walking the walk” via obedience to His Torah, then why are you even bothering to “talk the talk?” Simply “talking a good game” to give the appearance of holiness makes you nothing more than a hypocrite. You might as well be an UNBELIEVER, because, ultimately, YHWH will only allow the “wholehearted” to remain in His Presence! (Deuteronomy 18:13; 1 Kings 8:61; Jeremiah 29:13; Psalm 37:18 and 119:2; etc.)

Yeshua had the following grave warning for evil-minded people:

Matthew 18: 8. And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better to enter into life lame, or while you are maimed, than while you have two hands or two feet to fall into the fire that is everlasting. 9. And if your eye[1] causes you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it away from you, for it is better for you that with one eye you enter into life than while you have two eyes to fall into the Gehenna of fire. (AENT)

By the way, this passage does NOT literally mean you are to disfigure yourself in any way! It is metaphor showing people that they are risking their eternal life by behaving in an evil manner toward their fellow human beings.

The “evil eye” is a Hebrew idiom denoting someone who is stingy with their material possessions or having an eye that looks covetously upon the things of others. To enter into Life, we must turn our eyes from carnal and material things and focus them upon YHWH (Matthew 5:29; 6:22, 23; 7:3-5; 20:15). In other words, we must “remove sinful visions from our eyes as if that eye was unable to see.”

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