In my last three Blogs titled “Emotional Attachment,” I tried to
show how people become accustomed (or emotionally attached) to
behaviors that can be either beneficial or detrimental; and, since
they have been given, by God, freedom to choose, they are without
excuse. (Romans 1:20)
God sent prophets to try to wake up the human race to face the truth
of the damage they were doing to themselves; but they chose to believe
lies rather than the truth that would save them. Ezekiel was one or
those prophets. Here is what he said (Ezekiel 18:30-32):
30 "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according
to his conduct," declares the Lord GOD. "Repent and turn away from all
your transgressions, so that iniquity may not become a stumbling block
31 "Cast away from you all your transgressions which you have
committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! For why
will you die, O house of Israel?
32 "For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone who dies,"
declares the Lord GOD. "Therefore, repent and live."
~New American Standard Bible
Finally, two thousand years ago, God sent the Messiah Jesus so that
people would finally choose to “climb the ladder” out of the evil in
which they were wallowing and once and for all leave behind their
emotional attachment (loyalty) to empty rituals and harmful traditions
in order to fulfill His original intent.
In your opinion, how many people have taken heed and changed the
direction in which they were traveling in order to more closely conform
to God’s original (Genesis) and also final (Revelation) intent, where
there was/is no inflicted death?
From where I’m sitting, with the air filled with the stench of other
animal body parts being grilled outdoors in celebration of “Memorial
Day,” I’d have to say that not very many people have chosen to “enter by
the narrow gate.” (Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:24)
If you haven’t read Frank’s Memorial Day sermon, see:
For my 2006 Memorial Day (observed) Blog, see: