Watch Out & Strive Not To Be An Obstacle اجتهد بتقوى وإيمان حتى لا تكون عثرة لأحد
Elias Bejjani/January 28/19
Almighty God sees and knows every thing and He is the One who shall Judge those who are righteous, as well as those who set traps for others and inflict pain on them.
He will put on trial those who mislead, deceive, create divisions, and enjoy being obstacles for any thing and every thing that is peace, tranquility or harmony.
He will make accountable all those who worship earthly treasures, hold onto grudges, harbour intentions of revenge, and know no love or forgiveness.
Because “Faith without Acts is a dead faith, like the body without a soul”, we all must keep an eye on all those hypocrites and chameleons who viciously sneak into our lives and do all their best to lead us into temptations.
We have to be very cautious when dealing with these trouble makers and corruptors because they pretend to be religious and Samarians, while in reality they are possessed and obsessed with hatred, revenge and grudges.
They love nobody, and care about nobody but themselves.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and self-indulgence”. (Matthew 23:25)
The Godly and courageous people can not even engage into a fruitful debate with these impulsive narcissists who are boastful and full of arrogance.
They hear only their own voices, see only themselves, and have no human insight or understanding for the consequences of their venomous conduct.
They think and act with wicked motives and are driven by deeply rooted revenge, hatred and grudges.
They are obnoxious, cowards, ashamed to witness for the truth and alienate themselves from every thing that is moral , righteous, gratitude and ethical obligations.
They possess no love for their own countries, families and people, and do not fear God. They continuously cause pitfalls for the meek and faithful.
Because evil always contains the seeds of its own destruction, these people always reap what they sow and are cursed, damned and condemned.
Almighty God warns them of harsh judgment.
“If anyone should cause one of these little ones to lose his faith in me, it would be better for that person to have a large millstone tied around his neck and be drowned in the deep sea. How terrible for the world that there are things that make people lose their faith! Such things will always happen—but how terrible for the one who causes them” (Matthew 18/06-07)
When people become slaves to their instincts, abandon God and renegade against His commandments and become evil and do every thing that is evil.
Saint Peter has depicted vividly the conduct of such people.
“Remember that there will be difficult times in the last days. People will be selfish, greedy, boastful, and conceited; they will be insulting, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, and irreligious; they will be unkind, merciless, slanderers, violent, and fierce; they will hate the good; they will be treacherous, reckless, and swollen with pride; they will love pleasure rather than God; they will hold to the outward form of our religion, but reject its real power. Keep away from such people. Some of them go into people’s houses and gain control over weak women who are burdened by the guilt of their sins and driven by all kinds of desires, women who are always trying to learn but who can never come to know the truth. As Jannes and Jambres were opposed to Moses, so too these people are opposed to the truth—people whose minds do not function and who are failures in the faith. But they will not get very far, because everyone will see how stupid they are. That is just what happened to Jannes and Jambres”.
(Peter’s second letter to Timothy (3/01-08).
As the Holy Bible teaches us, these wicked hypocrites will be judged on the Day of Judgment and thrown into Gehenna. There, the fire is unquenchable, torture has no end, the worm dieth not, and there will be endless lamentation, weeping and grinding of teeth.
Among these evil doers are numerous high ranking clergy, politicians and officials. These liars and savages abandon their people, their countries, their families, the martyrs and all that is righteous and Godly.
They do not worship God, but money and perishable earthly treasures like power, fame, property etc.
They fall into the devil’s hands and traps and end worshiping money and not God.
“You cannot be a slave of two masters; you will hate one and love the other; you will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 06/24)
In their hearts is venomous lust, deceit, malice, licentiousness, envy, arrogance, folly, greed and evil thoughts. Because of the lowliness of their hearts and minds they have sided with Satan.
They have no conscious, no values, and no code of ethics. Accordingly, they act with the mentality of ruthless merchants of death who are willing to sell absolutely everything for the price of silver.
Nothing is off limits in what they will sell for an earthly profit, including their self-respect, dignity, honour and their own countries and people.
They happily accept their status as merchants of death and have no problem selling their souls to whomever offers the highest price.
They change loyalties as they change their clothes because they do not fear God. Their hearts are petrified and the humanity in them that was created on God’s image has died. Their punishment is God’s work.
“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.” (Romans 12/19).
Hell and its demons will be eagerly waiting to swallow those of us who do not know what is love, do not fear God, do not do His work, hurt others and enjoy seeing every body else but themselves entrapped and suffering.
Meanwhile these same ones who mercilessly and vigorously fight for earthly riches, become mere slaves for their instincts, and commit all kinds of deadly sins will have no choice but to leave all that is earthly on the earth once God takes back the gift of life from them. Although they might delude themselves that they are strong, winners and rich, but in fact they are big time losers and will not be able to carry with them to the Judgment Day, but their deeds according to which they will be accountable.
Do we gain anything if we win the whole world but lose our life? Of course not!
Let us sincerely pray for the salvation of all those who are entrapped in evil temptations and have failed to understand that God is love and that love knows no hatred, no grudges, no revenge and no selfishness.
قال السيد المسيح : ومن أعثر أحد هؤلاء الصغار المؤمنين بى ، فخير له أن يعلق في عنقه حجر الرحى ويغرق في لجة البحر . ويل للعالم من العثرات، فلابد أن تأتى العثرات ولكن ويل لذلك الإنسان الذي به تأتى العثرة.
(انجيل القديس متى6/18و7)