And dear Mike W, I hardly know how to respond to your angry, judgmental, harsh condemning words to me (or rather to the spiritual messengers of God Jesus asked the Father to send to prepare a way for His coming, that our Father's words not be misinterpreted). Remember his farewell promise in John chapters 13-17? I cannot imagine loving you and wishing you go to hell. Neither can I imagine a loving God who asks that we love Him one-tenth as much as He loves us and that we love one another in the same manner be represented by such judgmental thoughts. If our Father has wanted us to make holy war upon one another, don't you think He would have told us so? Wouldn't Jesus have said something other than, "I give you a new Commandment to love one another. If there is this love among you then the world will know in truth that you are my disciples." The harsh, but true, words Jesus had was toward those of his own Jewish faith who were supposed to understand scriptures, who taught others, the scribes and Pharisees. He called them "you viper's brood," and asked how they knew to come to him and be saved? But he didn't even stone the woman accused of committing adultery. How much more harsh you speak toward me than our Master and teacher, Jesus. You sound more like the Pharisees, who eventually crucified Jesus. Did you not see the lesson for us all in God allowing this to be done to His most beloved son? "Judge not, leste ye be judged." "Love one another. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you." One these two commandments hang all the Laws and the prophecies, the minister often reminds us in church. This is what our Father's spiritual messengers were also sent to remind us, for they will bring to mind all that he said, and will say only what they hear from the Father. Remember Jesus telling us this in John, chapters 15-16? It is in love for your soul, it is for the saving of your soul, and for the whole world, that we may begin that promised thousands years of peace on Earth that these words are so lovingly given to each of us to you, and to me. Do you not remember Jesus?What does it mean to follow him? He said "They will follow your teachings as little as they followed mine. Indeed, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will suppose he is performing a religious duty. It is on my account that they will treat you thus, because they do not know the One who sent me." (Read John, chapters 14-16)
But then he looked up and told them to have courage, for he has overcome the world. And he said, "Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give." Remember his words? Are they not true, son? Yet look around you today. What do you see? Religions criticizing one another, fighting, beheading, crucifying again. Persecutions. Even if you go from one Christian church to another, such a loving faith, will you not hear someone telling you their church is the only true church and the other denominations are wrong and of the Devil? What folly. How hurtful we are to one another. And yet we say God is our Father.
So that, to me, is one good reason the spiritual messengers God sends – when the one who is to comes asked Him to send those who know Him best, that our Father's words not be misinterpreted – would remind is that the same God is the God of all. It is spoken knowing His love, and the Messiah's love who is to come to us. How will we recognize him if he does come, if his words don't dwell in our hearts?