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The virtue of not caring.

This is a followup from yesterday. If we are to avoid the ad man, expect that our message will not be understood. This is because those who have aligned with evil will not listen unless their neuroses are comforted, and they are left with a sense of peace.

Though the peace be false. Though those preaching this false peace want to be praised and glorified.

Christ did not care, for he served another master, his father in heaven.

John 7:14-36

14About the middle of the festival Jesus went up into the temple and began to teach. 15The Jews were astonished at it, saying, “How does this man have such learning, when he has never been taught?” 16Then Jesus answered them, “My teaching is not mine but his who sent me. 17Anyone who resolves to do the will of God will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own. 18Those who speak on their own seek their own glory; but the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and there is nothing false in him.

19“Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you looking for an opportunity to kill me?” 20The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is trying to kill you?” 21Jesus answered them, “I performed one work, and all of you are astonished. 22Moses gave you circumcision (it is, of course, not from Moses, but from the patriarchs), and you circumcise a man on the sabbath. 23If a man receives circumcision on the sabbath in order that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because I healed a man’s whole body on the sabbath? 24Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”

25Now some of the people of Jerusalem were saying, “Is not this the man whom they are trying to kill? 26And here he is, speaking openly, but they say nothing to him! Can it be that the authorities really know that this is the Messiah? 27Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, no one will know where he is from.’ 28Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him. 29I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” 30Then they tried to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him, because his hour had not yet come. 31Yet many in the crowd believed in him and were saying, “When the Messiah comes, will he do more signs than this man has done?”

32The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the chief priests and Pharisees sent temple police to arrest him. 33Jesus then said, “I will be with you a little while longer, and then I am going to him who sent me. 34You will search for me, but you will not find me; and where I am, you cannot come.” 35The Jews said to one another, “Where does this man intend to go that we will not find him? Does he intend to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks and teach the Greeks? 36What does he mean by saying, ‘You will search for me and you will not find me’ and ‘Where I am, you cannot come’?”

What we see with Christ we see still. If there is a disagreeable truth, question the credentials of the speaker. If you can, arrest the messenger. Deform everything to fit your narrative. Do not accept that there are things that are deep and beyond your understanding.

Christ is teaching the trinity here to monotheists and functional Unitarians. Only those called by the spirit accept it. The others love too much their spirituality and their tame models of God.

The Unitarians are given to us as a warning. They were apostate useful idiots 50 years ago. They now have become the worst of progressive puritans. more frozen than the Reformed ever were, and proud of their tolerance.

They will not tolerate the claims of Christ.

Do not be them. Do not be like them.

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