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FORGIVE US OUR DEBTS
he other day as I perused the news trying to decide what to write about for the regular commentary you're reading, the thought occurred to me a reference to debt is found in the classic text known as The Lord's Prayer. This is hardly revolutionary, except I hadn't really thought about the idea that Jesus wasn't actually saying that we should petition God to help us get out from under our debts, He was saying we should ask the Father to forgive us for incurring debt in the first place -- because it's a sin.
In view of the fact the modern world is so thoroughly conditioned to accumulate debt in order to function in the present social order, and the incorporated churches have all conformed themselves to become religious copies of the secular world (having been created in the "image" of the Beast government), we are rarely reminded that debt was specifically forbidden in the original covenant between God and His people.
Although most believers lamely try to evade the Old Testament standard of behaviour by claiming they're "under grace" (in a transparent effort to justify what is plainly stated to be an iniquitous practice), the fact remains that God specifically instructed His people that debt is a practice associated with evil. Thus, it is no wonder the entire world is inundated in the practice, for this world order is in now in the iron grip of the Devil.
Speaking to the Israelites, God put it as plainly as possible:
"...the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee" (Deuteronomy 15:6).
Christians routinely ignore such clear instruction, and respond to such admonitions with a Dialectical approach -- i.e. since the whole world continues in the practice of debt incursion, and the modern mechanisms of installment debt enable us to function through the purchase of cars, houses, appliances and so forth, surely this is not what God had in mind when He said not to borrow. Usually, believers will practice what we callDragonspeak, by saying "but how could we ever buy a house?" or "I require good transportation in order to keep my job."
Such Spiritually dysfuntional thinking betrays the Spirit of the age which now resides in virtually all alleged "believers," for rather than responding to the fact that this is indeed what Scripture instructs, they've been indoctrinated to launch an emotion based dialogue in order to justify their continued disobedience. Essentially, the relationship with the things that debt brings, causes us to set aside the facts. Furthermore, this evil and adulterous generation of vipers has constructed the religious support mechanism known as the church, in order to feed them just enough of the truth so that they can still sleep at night -- the thin veneer of the Gospel helping to diminish their fear of God and eternal hellfire for their ongoing disobedience.
There is absolutely no difference between the man who says "But how do I house my kids?" in response to such statements, and the thief who kills to cover his crime, justifying that surely his needs surpass those of his hapless victim. In such cases, each person's relationship with the person, place, or thing is used to justify the refusal to respond to the fact that God told us what to do (and in the present instance, what not to do).
For instance, the believer who feels he or she must have a newer, financed car in order to sustain employment, is being driven (pardon the pun) by the relationship with the job (and the things the job brings), rather than the fact that God flatly instructed us to stay out of debt. The man who steals because he's trying to provide for his kids, is driven by the relationship with those kids, rather than the simple facts found in Scripture -- the stern commandment against stealing notwithstanding. By the way, such will commonly try to use adjacent Scripture, such as the following, to ease their conscience:
"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel" (I Timothy 5:8).
This is, of course, the precise practice seen in Satan in his interaction with Christ, for the father of lies cited Scripture to justify his position as the tempter:
"And [Satan] saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone" (Matthew 4:6).
With the entire world now in meltdown mode, as the global debt bomb is about produce a fiscal big bang, the question is, especially for those who are already terminally entangled in the debt pyramid, "what should we do about it?"
Like all answers to complex questions, step one is the recognize the sin, for simply trying to evade the consequences of our actions is a futile procedure. Believers need to approach the LORD acknowledging their sin, and our fundamental guilt before God, in precisely the same fashion which is found in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Pretending that incurring debt is not sin, or that God just doesn't understand how things work in our time, won't get it.
When Jesus says to pray the Father asking forgiveness for our debts, it's not a license to continue the practice after asking for forgiveness. An honest plea, asking the LORD for wisdom and Spiritual discernment as to the best course of action, with an eye on getting out of the bondage of the fiscal prison constructed by Hell's banker. And even though the problems may look insurmountable, we should always remember that with God all things are possible.
For more on how the Beast engineered monetary order of this age has ensnared the entire world, see the online video on THE BLOOD BEAST OF BABYLON.