Taste Of Death

2 Apr

April 01, 2016

I was thinking about the native americans and how the white people genocided them. They pretty much killed off almost all the red people. The white people called them savages, and considered them subhumans, not even humans. I read how they took guns and maimed children and women so that they could not give birth, and they did things that were worse than what the Nazis did in Germany. They poisoned the red people, gave them diseases, massacred them and dumped them into mass graves, men, women and children. After the white people did all this to the red people, what did the red man do to the white man? He called him his “white brother”.

Previously i had mentioned that some people cannot fathom the concept of living their life for God. Many people consider that their life is just to please themselves. Basically, these types of people just want to “get drunk and screw”. That’s their attitude, that they want to reward themselves, and live for the pleasures of life here on Earth. But as Jesus told us, Verily, they have their reward. People are given a choice to receive a reward here on Earth, or else they can wait, and receive a reward in Heaven, later. Some people choose to receive their reward here on Earth, such as the rich man in the story about Lazarus. But Lazarus received his reward in Heaven. That’s what God offers us, basically. A reward here on Earth, or one in Heaven. But we can’t have both. If we want our reward in Heaven, we have to wait for it, and work for it, and suffer for it, bear our cross daily, and we have to give up our reward here on Earth. But then if people accept their reward on Earth, they will not be able to receive their Reward in Heaven. IN a world where people don’t believe in God, we end up with everyone wanting to live a life of pleasure, and please themselves. But everyone can’t live a life of selfish pleasure in a world full of other people, because then they infringe on the pleasures of other people. It’s not possible. Besides that, a life of overindulgence does not lead to health and happiness. My advice is to pass up the offer of Earthly rewards, and suffer a short time so that you can receive a real Reward, in Heaven. A Reward that will never tarnish. Sure, you may have to suffer a short time in order to receive your Heavenly Reward. But on the other hand, if you choose your reward here on Earth, you are going to have to suffer a long, long time, for eternity, instead of just a short time.

Also i thought about how some people will choose to go to hell instead of choosing to go to Heaven. God made things this way. God lets people choose hell if they want, so if it is good enough for God, it is good enough for me.

I also have been reading about some confusion and misinterpretation of Scripture, and differences of opinion about whether or not people should have “communion” and “eat bread” and “drink wine”. Some people mistakenly think this is a commandment that God gave to all of us. However, if you read Scripture, you will see that Jesus was talking to His disciples when He told them “do this in remembrance of Me” because they always ate with Him, and He knew He was going to be going away soon.

St. Luke Chapter 22

19 ¶ And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

There is no indication in Scripture where Jesus tells us that we must eat this bread and carry out this ritual in order to be saved. There is no indication in Scripture that anybody who goes into hell goes there because they “did not eat the bread” or “drink the drink” or whatever. This was just something Jesus told His disciples. Now if people are going to carry out this “ritual”, basically they are going to have to go to church to do it. But Jesus commanded us not to go to church! Jesus commanded us to pray in private, and He warned us not to be like the scribes and Pharisees.

St. Matthew Chapter 6

Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

Again, we see that these hypocrites received their rewards here on Earth. As for me, i will never drink again, so i will never drink wine and “pretend” like it’s God’s blood, or whatever. I won’t even drink “pretend wine”, just like i don’t eat “pretend meat”. So i will never partake of this “ritual”. I thought about this, pretending to eat Jesus body. I thought, perhaps they could make a gingerbread man and call it Jesus, then they could each have a foot, or a hand to eat, and when the little children asked what they were doing, they could say they were eating Jesus flesh! I thought, that’s ridiculous! Then i thought, that’s horrible! Then God said to me “That’s abhorrent!” which made me laugh, but really it is abhorrent. In fact, i thought about it, and Jesus never commanded us to perform any rituals, except to pray, and to pray in private. Carrying out rituals doesn’t have anything to do with being righteous. Jesus also taught us when we pray NOT to make it like a ritual, not to use many words. In other words, Jesus told us just to talk normally to Him.

Also the other day i mentioned that if people are ashamed of God, then God will be ashamed of them.

St. Luke Chapter 9

26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

Also in this verse, it says that some will not taste of death. What does that mean? At first thought you might think that they are saying that those folks won’t die, they won’t taste of death. But perhaps there is a different meaning.

Gospel of Thomas

These are the secret words which the living Jesus spoke, and Didymus Judas Thomas wrote them down.

(1) And he said: He who shall find the interpretation of the words shall not taste of death.

Perhaps “tasting death” is another way to say “eating dead flesh”. I read this reference in one of the Gospels that are not in the Bible. I think in some places not tasting death means that people will not be eating meat. For example, in Esdras we read about the men that are received, and they “who have not tasted death from their birth”. These men are obviously alive, so in this verse not tasting death does not mean they died, or else they would not still be alive to be received.

2 Esdras 6:26 Context

24At that time shall friends fight one against another like enemies, and the earth shall stand in fear with those that dwell therein, the springs of the fountains shall stand still, and in three hours they shall not run. 25Whosoever remaineth from all these that I have told thee shall escape, and see my salvation, and the end of your world. 26And the men that are received shall see it, who have not tasted death from their birth: and the heart of the inhabitants shall be changed, and turned into another meaning. 27For evil shall be put out, and deceit shall be quenched. 28As for faith, it shall flourish, corruption shall be overcome, and the truth, which hath been so long without fruit, shall be declared.

St. John Chapter 8

51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. 52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death.

http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/thomas-anon.html

http://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/2-Esdras-Chapter-6/

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