Monday, August 29, 2011

Are We Exempt From Satan's Promise?

Let's go back to the time when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden. Satan had just gotten Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, and Eve in turn got Adam to partake. At this point, God returns to the Garden and is calling for Adam,
And they heard the voice of the Lord God, as they were walking in the garden, in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife went to hide themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. And I, the Lord God, called unto Adam, and said unto him: Where goest thou?

And he said: I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I beheld that I was naked, and I hid myself. And I, the Lord God, said unto Adam: Who told thee thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldst not eat, if so thou shouldst surely die?

And the man said: The woman thou gavest me, and commandest that she should remain with me, she gave me of the fruit of the tree and I did eat. And I, the Lord God, said unto the woman: What is this thing which thou hast done? And the woman said: The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

And I, the Lord God, said unto the serpent: Because thou hast done this thou shalt be cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life; And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy seed and her seed; and he shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Moses 4:14-21)
We learn in the Temple that at this point, Satan responds to this curse with a promise. Paraphrasing, he promises that with the enmity that God put between he and the seed of the woman, he would raise up false priests who oppress, and rulers who will take the treasures of the earth in order to reign with blood and horror.

The big question: do we believe that we are exempt from this promise? The way I see it, any time someone exercises unrighteous dominion over others, they are "reigning with blood and horror", or with the threat thereof.

Is there any reason why we should believe that our rulers are not fulfilling this promise? I believe that every government everywhere exercises unrighteous dominion, ie. exercises illegitimate power over dissenters. A government is only justified if it has the consent of the governed, and I'm unaware of any government today that has such consent.

Likewise, their laws are becoming greater and greater threats to freedom. They steal our wealth, our treasure, in multiple ways. They steal it via their taxation schemes, and they devalue our savings with their inflationary monetary policies. And they certainly "reign with blood and horror" both at home and abroad.

If anything, Satan's promise should give one pause before trusting any entity with a monopoly on force. As I've said before, the state deserves nothing less than our complete cynicism towards it's claims and activities. It's modus operandi is violence, just as Satan promised.

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